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The Day After
What to do if you are a tornado victim

By the Independent Staff
Originally Published Wednesday, June 4, 1980

The Grand Island Police Department wants people to stay out of the areas hit by the tornadoes.

These areas include the Meves Bowl area, South Locust Street, Capitol Heights, the area from Capitol Avenue south to 17th Street between Webb Road and Custer Avenue and the S. Sylvan Street area.

Shelter areas giving assistance and shelter to homeless Grand Island residents are at the Liederkranz, Barr Junior High in the new gym at Northwest High School, Central Catholic High School, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, the National Guard Armory, the Erin Rancho Motel and The Red Baron.

Emergency telephone centers for people whose phone service has been knocked out have been established at Kmart, 1607 S. Locust; Meves Bowl, Bismark at Cherry, the First United Methodist Church, 4100 W. Capital Ave., and the Veterans Home.

Also, 200 people reportedly are staying at the Mid-Town Holiday Inn.

Police also have offered the following advice for those trying to locate people in the Grand Island area.

If a friend or relative is missing, people are advised to call the Civil Defense office at 382-8600 to see if they are at one of the shelter areas. Those injured have been told to go to St. Francis Medical Center or Lutheran Memorial Hospital. Rescue squads are available by dialing 911.

Volunteers also are being sought to help with massive cleanup operations in Grand Island. Those interested in volunteering should report to the Kmart parking lot.