Dr. Gold on UNMC’s response to the tornadoes: ‘We’re here to help’

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD

To the UNMC community,

Today, UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, addressed the UNMC community in this video regarding Friday’s storms.

“We’re here to help,” he said. “And to all of you who are helping … my most sincere thanks to you, because you are the true unsung heroes of these tragedies.”

Click the Play button to watch the message from Dr. Gold.

The following resources are in place for UNMC students, faculty and staff:

Paid Leave

Up to two weeks of paid “catastrophe leave” will be available to those significantly impacted by the tornados. Faculty and staff should reach out to their supervisors to coordinate a leave request with human resources.

Click on this link for a leave request form related to the tornadoes.

Financial Support

The University of Nebraska Systems Emergency Assistance Fund enables the university to help currently enrolled students and current university faculty and staff who face financial hardship resulting from emergency or crisis situations. Colleagues also can contribute to this fund at the link above.

Academic Support and Flexibility

UNMC Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Success are working with faculty to ensure academic flexibility and leniency is provided during this crisis for students affected by the storms. If you are a student in need of support, please work directly with your program director or student services dean.

The Maverick Food Pantry

The Maverick Food Pantry is available as a resource to all UNMC students. The pantry offers food and personal hygiene products by providing healthy, organic and culturally sensitive items. Requests for food packages can be submitted through an easy online form twice a week.

Wellness Resources

Volunteering or Donating

Colleagues who wish to aid in tornado relief are encouraged to contact the Red Cross, Omaha Rapid Response or United Way of the Midlands.

UNMC Alerts

Colleagues are urged to confirm their information in UNMC Alert, the med center’s new emergency notification system. Learn about the upgraded emergency alert system.

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