Saturday, May 22, 2004
Southern Nebraska was struck by a series of violent tornados. The largest tornado, an EF4 that struck the village of Hallam, had a vortex that was 2.5 miles wide—possibly the widest funnel ever recorded. It destroyed 95 percent of Hallamʼs buildings, leveled the high schoolʼs auditorium, and derailed a freight train with such force that the cars lay 20 feet from where they previously stood. One person was killed and 37 injured.
Common Hazards in this State

State Information

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
1300 Military Road
Lincoln, NE 68508-1090
(402) 471-7430

Local Information

Adams County Emergency Management and Homeland Security
1313 N. Hastings Ave.
Hastings, NE 68901
Phone (402) 461-2360
Fax (402) 461-2367

Douglas County Emergency Management Agency
Civic Center, EOC 114
1819 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68183
(402) 444-5040

City of Omaha, Office of the Mayor
1819 Farnam Street, Ste 300
Omaha, NE 61813
(402) 444-5000

Citizen Corps

Get Involved in Preparing your Community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting

Nebraska Citizen Corps Council
Citizen Corps Program Officer
ServeNebraska - Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission
Sixth Floor, State Capitol
P.O. Box 98927
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-6226

Last Updated: 08/20/2019