Skip to comments.Storm Relief for Nebraska
Posted on 06/17/2014 5:25:06 PM PDT by Maudeen
Senator Johanns e-Update
June 17, 2014
Stephanie and I are deeply saddened by the news coming from Pilger and surrounding areas in the wake of yesterdays tornadoes. We send our thoughts and prayers to those who have lost a loved one, and for the speedy recovery of all those harmed by the tragic event.
As the long process of recovery begins, we are extremely grateful to the first responders and emergency crews working around the clock to clear debris, restore power and begin the daunting task of recovery. Ive been in contact with local officials in Stanton County and Governor Heineman and am making arrangements to head home to connect firsthand with those impacted. I am ready to advocate on their behalf if and when a federal disaster declaration request is submitted.
The American Red Cross and Salvation Army of Lincoln are currently accepting donations to help victims, and a special fund has been set up at Midwest Bank. Donations can be dropped off at any Midwest Bank location or be mailed to:
Pilger Community Development Fund c/o Midwest Bank P.O. Box 346 Pilger, NE 68768
While relief efforts in surrounding communities are already underway, those wishing to help with debris cleanup in Pilger can check in at the Pilger emergency operations center beginning at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, June 18th. Volunteers must present a valid I.D., bring their own work gloves and wear heavy boots, long shirts and pants.
I am always encouraged, especially in the wake of a disaster such as this, by the willingness of others to immediately lend a helping hand. The outpouring of support from not only Nebraskans but throughout the country assures me that Pilger, whose motto is the little town too tough to die, will rebuild stronger than ever.
This will be way different than New Orleans. There will not be people sitting on their porches watching as out of state volunteers work in their town.
The good people of Nebraska will get their town back on its feet in a short amount of time.