Governor Pillen, Smith, Ricketts React to Damaging Storms; Governor Orders State Resource Assistance

Governor Jim Pillen 2023

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen issued the following statement in the aftermath of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes that resulted in damage across eastern Nebraska Friday afternoon:

"Suzanne and I extend our deepest prayers to all those impacted by today's storms. I have ordered that state resources be made available to assist with the emergency response and to support local first responders as they assess the damage. Nebraskans are tough, resilient people, and our neighbors and communities will rally around affected families and businesses to assist them. Nebraskans are no strangers to severe weather and, as they have countless times before, Nebraskans will help Nebraskans to rebuild."

The Governor and his team are in continuous touch with local officials, emergency management directors, and law enforcement leaders. People in affected areas are urged to avoid downed powerlines and follow all law enforcement directives as work continues to assess the damage. 

Ricketts Comments on Nebraska Tornadoes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE) issued the following statement after several tornadoes touched down in Nebraska Friday:

“Susanne and I are praying for everyone impacted by today’s severe weather. My office is in touch with Governor Pillen and prepared to assist with requests for any federal resources that may be needed as we recover from today’s tornadoes.”\

Adrian Smith Statement on Severe Storms
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), released the following statement on destruction caused by today's extreme weather in Nebraska:

“My concerns are with Nebraskans affected by storm devastation, and I stand ready to work with our congressional delegation to support recovery at the federal level. My team has been in touch with Gov. Pillen’s and I’m grateful his dedication of state resources has been prompt. With the possibility of subsequent severe weather through the weekend, I encourage Nebraskans to remain aware of conditions and emergency alerts.”