UNO students head to Bellevue to aid in post-storm cleanup


Photos by Megan Wade/The Gateway

Sophie Ford

After powerful straight-line winds and multiple tornadoes hit the area on June 16, many parts of Omaha and the surrounding areas were left damaged. Bellevue was hardest hit in the storm, with an EF2 level tornado tearing through parts of town and an EF1 hitting Offut Air Force Base.

UNO students headed to the Two Springs neighborhood, one of the harder hit areas, on June 21 to aid with clean-up. About one dozen students from the Emergency Management 2020 class and UNO’s Mavready student organization spent the day assisting in clean-up efforts. UNO students coordinated with CERT, who set up a command post and designated areas for volunteers to clean up. The UNO group cleaned up branches and mulch for an airman.

“This is the best opportunity for experience,” said Tyler Davis, Emergency Management instructor at UNO. “This ensures students are able to apply theoretical concepts to a real-world situation.”