The Nebraska Nepalese Society is sending volunteers to Nepal following a deadly earthquake there last weekend.

American Red Cross Nebraska/Southwest Iowa Region volunteers responded to 437 disasters in 2013.

“Long Term/Residential Care Disaster Preparedness: Protecting Our Most Vulnerable” is the theme of Omaha’s first national conference on disaster preparedness.

The American Red Cross says putting together a kit and having an emergency plan are critical to prepare for a disaster.

Omaha, NE – The Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to more than 400 disasters last year.

The Nebraska/southwest Iowa Region's disaster response included opening 11 shelters and providing more than 23,000 meals to people displaced by Missouri River flooding.