Union College's International Rescue and Relief program has helped in the aftermath of disasters across the nation and around the globe, but never before quite so close to home. On Friday morning, Oct. 4, the Cornhusker Chapter of the American Red Cross contacted the IRR program requesting students to join their team in assessing damage caused by a tornado Thursday night and checking on the well-being of residents.
The storm left damage in areas near Hickman, Bennet and Palmyra, as close as 12 miles from Union's campus. While homes and vehicles were destroyed, there have been no injuries reported.
Friday afternoon more severe weather struck eastern spawning a tornado near the northeastern Nebraska town of Wayne. Around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, IRR students Emilian Grigore, Amy Matsuda, Nathaniel Ingersoll and Jonatan Rojas, along with program director Rick Young, left with the American Red Cross shelter trailer to assist victims of the tornado.