Lexy Hindt, an Emergency Management and Disaster Science student, offered a helping hand with flood relief through an internship with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
Hindt was stationed in the State Emergency Operations Center where she attended meetings, ran papers, and answered phone calls. “It was surreal to be a part of,” Lexy says.
Hindt says her education at UNO not only prepared her for her internship but it was also reflective and accurate of what occurs in the SEOC during disasters.
“It was really cool for me to see everything I have learned come together all at once,” Hindt says. “My degree has definitely helped prepare me for a career in emergency management, as we have been taught in depth a majority of everything that occurs within NEMA and the SEOC.”
She says the best way to help with flood relief is to contact the Red Cross or Salvation Army. She expects individuals in the agency to work with flood relief for longer than her internship.
“I will likely be helping with this until the end of my internship, but I hope much longer than that,” Hindt says.
To anyone else wanting to get hands-on experience and dig deep in to all aspects of emergency management Hindt recommends working with NEMA and that her experience working with NEMA showed her that she is on the right career path. “This event and internship has shown me that I am in the right career field and that I do want to work in operations at the state or federal level after graduation,” Hindt says.
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