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Nebraska Volunteers On the Ground in Texas

More than 30 American Red Cross volunteers from Nebraska are working in shelters and providing other assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey. (Elaine Vigneault/Flickr)
More than 30 American Red Cross volunteers from Nebraska are working in shelters and providing other assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey. (Elaine Vigneault/Flickr)
September 1, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. – One of the most common questions asked amid natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey is, "How can we help?" And dozens of Nebraskans are answering that question by packing their bags and heading south.

Dick Dinsdale with the American Red Cross in Nebraska says more than 30 of its volunteers from Nebraska are already in Texas and Louisiana to assist in the recovery efforts, and that number is expected to grow. He explains these volunteers go above and beyond to help those in need.

"Volunteers get an all-expense-paid trip to Texas; they get to sleep on a cot with a Red Cross blanket and eat meals just like everybody else who's in the shelter," he says. "It's not glamorous, and these folks are just incredibly dedicated to the mission of the Red Cross."

He says the volunteers are lending a hand in a variety of ways, including working in shelters, providing meals to survivors and assisting with health-care needs. So far nationally, about 2,000 Red Cross volunteers are deployed to the area.

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey move northeast, the Red Cross and other disaster-relief groups will be watching its progress and reacting accordingly. Dinsdale says Nebraska volunteers will be involved in recovery efforts for the long haul.

"As we get people out of the shelters and starting to assess damage to the neighborhoods, then our Red Cross volunteers will be out delivering water, delivering warm meals, helping them with cleanup, helping to provide cleaning supplies," he explains.

Dinsdale adds that more volunteers will be needed in the weeks and months ahead, and people who are interested can learn more online at redcross.org. That's also where folks can make monetary donations for disaster relief.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - NE