Please keep the people of Stanton County and in particular, the people of Pilger, Neb., in your prayers. Another round of storms and tornadoes hit Tuesday night 25 miles north of Pilger doing isolated damage to rural areas.
Great Plains United Methodist Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Linda Stewart traveled to Stanton County, Neb., to take part in the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) area meeting of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Great Plains UM disaster response and United Methodist Committee on Relief are both VOAD organizations. VOAD works to bring all disaster response groups together to best meet the needs of affected areas.
The Wayne UMC’s basement has provided shelter for many as these storms go through. A Great Plains early response team started doing pastoral care and intake – walking the community and connecting with home and business owners to help assess needs right after the storm. The group will be coordinating their efforts with disaster response organizations World Renew, Team Rubicon and others from the emergency operations center.
Anyone wishing to volunteer should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual volunteers not participating in the training should report to the Wisner, Neb., high school for intake information on volunteering and for a work assignment. Youth are not included in disaster recovery because of safety issues. Other opportunities will exist for youth to help later. Groups interested in long-term recovery should contact TruDee Little at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. For the lastest update on this relief effort and how you can help, see http://www.greatplainsumc.org/newsdetail/124775
Donations may be made to your church, with a note on the envelope or check Pilger Disaster Relief.