Omaha, NE – Tuesday, August 2nd is National Night Out and the Night Out for Neighbors.
Bridget Fitzpatrick is a Crime Prevention Specialist for the Omaha Police Department. She says on National Night Out, the police department encourages people to have neighborhood block parties and get together, or at least leave their outside lights on. Fitzpatrick says an organized and watchful neighborhood is one of the best ways to deter crime.
Omaha, NE – The American Red Cross says blood donations are urgently needed, both locally and nationally.
During May and June, donations were at the lowest level in 12 years. April Oppliger of the Heartland Chapter says locally, Missouri River flooding has reduced the number of available sites for blood drives.
Oppliger says all blood types are needed. She says blood products have a shelf life of 42 days, and are going out to hospitals as soon as donations come in.
Omaha, NE – Omaha's sandbag operations move downtown this week.
Parks and Recreation officials say volunteers are needed Thursday through Saturday to fill sandbags at 18th and Chicago Streets. Two shifts are available Thursday and Friday between 12:30 and 8. On Saturday, volunteers are needed from nine AM to three PM. Volunteers must be 19 or older. To register for a shift, log on to http://volunteer.truist.com/omaha/volunteer/.
Omaha, NE – Missouri River flooding was the topic of this month's Omaha Press Club noon forum.
Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Water Management Office for the Corps of Engineers, updated the flooding situation. Farhat says heavy rainfall coupled with a large mountain snowpack have caused water to build up behind dams on the Missouri River. She says June 2011 runoff was the most on record dating back to 1898, with above normal rainfall and runoff expected throughout the remainder of the year.