Nebraska volunteers from agencies like the Red Cross and Salvation Army are helping in the recovery process.
Governor Dave Heineman says the disaster should serve as a reminder to Nebraskans of the necessity to be prepared.
“We’ve gone through that with flooding and tornadoes and fires and all the rest, not nearly of the magnitude of this,” Heineman says. “It goes to show you how important our first responders are, how important our emergency management personnel are. They do a great job and one of the reasons they’re always prepared is we do have training throughout the year. We practice what we need to be prepared for.”
Heineman says he’s impressed with how the state and federal government has answered the call on the East Coast, with perhaps $55-billion damage in 13 states.
The governor says Nebraska’s teams are at the ready for their next challenge.
“Our volunteer firefighters were extraordinary during our wildfires and our communications systems throughout the state are greatly improved over the last decade,” he says. “We’ve done a number of things to be prepared for these emergencies because, unfortunately, they seem to happen every year.”
Heineman says Nebraska’s emergency personnel continue to seek improvement in responding when and where they’re needed.
(Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton)