National Night Out is August 2nd

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.

This year, the Omaha Police Department is inviting people to donate items to help flooding victims. Fitzpatrick says even if you're not participating in a neighborhood get together, you can still help out, "We're going to have a bin drop off point at all of the police departments and fire departments, as well as the Neighborhood Center at 45th and Farnam Streets. Donations will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, August 1st through the 5th. Then on August 6th, we're going to have an event at Crossroads Mall in the Target parking lot. We'll have the truck out there that will haul all of the donated items to the Salvation Army."

Fitzpatrick says the Salvation Army will then disperse supplies as they are needed. Mops, brooms and bottled water are just a few of the donations needed.