Federal assistance available for Nebraska flooding

Nebraska News

Because of the major damage that was done to Nebraska, President Trump issued a disaster declaration for the state, meaning people who live there can get federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

As of the beginning of April, more than 3000 people had applied for the help, with FEMA approving over $8 million, with the majority of that going for housing.

FEMA deployed 379 employees to Nebraska and they say they continue to deploy more. 

There are currently 65 counties designated for Public Assistance and 5  Tribal Nations. 
Fifteen counties and the Santee Sioux Nation are eligible for the Individual & Households Program. FEMA set up a website that monitors the Nebraska disaster. fema.gov/disaster/4420.  It is updated daily.

There are multiple places to receive assistance.  

If affected and needing assistance, FEMA recommends filing an insurance claim as quickly as possible and documenting damage with photos or video. After having a list, they then say to register with FEMA

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are going door to door in some Nebraska counties. Teams are operating in Boone, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties. 

Business owners, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources. Businesses and residents can visit their website, call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. TTY users may call 800-877-8339.

Low-income Nebraskans recovering from recent flooding could be eligible for food benefits through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) approved March 28 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Famer and Rancher may also get assistance from the USDA.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency also has a list of resource available for people to review. You can find that by clicking here

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