Omaha Tribe declares state of emergency after tornado damages homes in Macy

Macy, Omaha Indian Reservation (October 9, 2013) — A tornado that touched down in Macy on Saturday, October 5, 2013, injured two residents, damaged five homes to the extent they were deemed uninhabitable, and damaged a business.  The Omaha Tribe has declared a state of emergency to coordinate response efforts in order to meet the needs of the displaced residents and repair the damage.

The response from neighboring communities has been swift and generous.  The American Red Cross set up an emergency shelter in Macy. Additional assistance has been provided by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Thurston County, the Village of Decatur, and numerous individual volunteers.

“The people and families affected by this storm were caught off guard and find themselves facing an uphill battle to rebuild some sense of normalcy.  The Tribal Council is grateful for the outpouring of assistance to the families so far,” stated Rodney Morris, the Omaha Tribal Chairman.

The Omaha Tribe is assisting four of the displaced families by contributing new trailer homes, which are on-site and in the process of being installed. This requires skirting, electrical and plumbing hook-ups, and related work. A fifth family will be rebuilding their home assuming insurance covers the cost.

The displaced families still have unmet needs, including groceries, toiletries, bedding, furniture and household goods.  Contributions can be delivered to the Omaha Tribe Emergency Management office at 303 Main Street in Walthill, Nebraska.  Monetary donations can be sent to Charter West National Bank, 308 Main Street, Walthill, Nebraska 68067 or (402) 846-5441. People can make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is a federally recognized treaty tribe with a government-to-government relationship with the United States of America.  The Tribe, consisting of nearly 6,000 Native American tribal members, is organized under a written constitution and bylaws adopted in 1936.

CONTACT:  Kenna Robinson or Joseph Jackson at 402-846-5166

SOURCE Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, http://www.omaha-nsn.gov

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