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Nebraska Resource Accountability Team tracks volunteer hours in Pilger, NE

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PILGER, NE (KTIV) -

When a natural disaster hits, you may not be prepared to handle the situation immediately, but a local team in Nebraska is ready to offer their resources to any city, village, or county in need.

Nebraska Resource Accountability Team, also known as NRAT, has played a huge part in the recovery process for the village or Pilger, NE.

Dakota County's Emergency Management Deputy Director Deanna Beckman is the team lead for NRAT.

She said about a year and a half ago, a group of emergency managers came together to figure out how they can help others with their advanced Identification equipment

"We decided that we could put it to good use during the wildfires, or flooding, or tornadoes," Beckman said.

The group is deployed to places in need by Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. They are the only team that does this statewide. And, they have been very helpful in Pilger, Nebraska following the recent devastating tornadoes that left the town in ruins.

"Now that I have all the information in here, it has her on scene, it has who she's with, it has her name, it has an expiration date, it has a location, you hit finish," Beckman said.

Deanna Beckman along with other emergency managers and volunteers from across the state have already logged more than 25,000 volunteer hours just in the village of Pilger.

Beckman said it could take anywhere between 18 seconds to a minute and a half just to make a badge that will track volunteer hours.

"The ultimate goal is at the end of knowing exactly how many hours were put in by volunteers, or even your county people, or your state roads department, and equipment to assist them with final numbers at the end," Beckman said.

Beckman said this information is crucial because once the cleanup period is over, the village will have exact numbers they can hopefully get reimbursed for from other agencies like FEMA. That is if Nebraska's governor requests an emergency declaration from the President, who then approves it.

Beckman said NRAT is in need of more volunteers.

She said anyone can get involved and the group will train people, who can then come help on scene.

To get involved, fell free to call Deanna Beckman at (402)-494-7570.

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