After tornadoes and severe weather caused severe damage in six northeast Nebraska counties about a year and a half ago, a group formed to aid in the rebuilding process.
The Northeast Nebraska Long Term Recovery Team is focused on Cedar, Cuming, Dixon, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne counties. Kim Schultz is emergency response coordinator for the Northeast Nebraska Department of Public Health.
When the June 2014 tornadoes occurred, Schultz says the team was organized to work with FEMA and Nebraska Emergency Management. Schultz says the team is comprised of volunteers, agencies, churches and businesses dedicated to helping those storm-struck towns.
“It gives you a real sense of community,” she says. “I’m from the Wisner-Pilger area and to see that community rebuild and stick to their commitment to come back to the community was very meaningful for me.”
Schultz says the recovery team is looking to move forward in 2016, changing its name and its function.
“Community Organizations Active in the Disaster, or COAD, would utilize the same resources, organizations and faith-based communities that we’ve had to continue as a group to update their resources and their contacts,” she says.
Schultz says having COAD benefits the communities by reducing duplication of services and other inefficiencies that may occur during times of disaster.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton