Mar 26 2019
Recently, a catastrophic storm swept across the state of Nebraska. The western part of our state was confronted with extreme blizzard conditions, while central and eastern Nebraska are grappling with historic flooding. Entire communities are underwater, roads are closed or washed away, bridges are down, and the lives of our people and livestock have been put at risk.
I want all Nebraskans to know that my office stands ready to do everything in our power to lend a helping hand in any way we can. Please be aware of a variety of resources that are available for people who have been impacted by this severe weather event. A comprehensive list and explanation of these resources is included below.
We have much work to do, but Nebraskans are resilient, tough, and compassionate. Hour by hour, day by day, we will get through this difficult chapter in our state's history, and we will remain #NebraskaStrong.
RESOURCES FOR NEBRASKANS:
Individuals living in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties have the opportunity to apply for Individual Disaster Assistance. This will provide help to individuals and families who have lost their homes. Visit DisasterAssistance.gov for more information and to begin the application process.
Nebraskans who live in or own a business in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties may qualify for tax relief. Learn more by contacting Nebraska's local IRS here.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency website is the best resource for current conditions, damage assessment, and steps to take after returning home.
Cities, Counties, and Tribes:
FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) grant program provides federal assistance to government organizations and certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations following a Presidential disaster declaration. PA provides grants to state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, and certain types of PNP organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. Click here for more.
The Department of Agriculture has provided a list of disaster relief resources for farmers and ranchers in Nebraska. Included in the list is contact information for USDA's Farm Service Agency offices that are located throughout the state and provide assistance to Nebraska ag producers. They can also provide assistance with the Livestock Indemnity Program and reporting lost machinery.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Cattlemen have also provided a portal for disaster assistance to help members of the ag community that have been affected by this storm. Click here for the Nebraska Farm Bureau assistance page and here for the Nebraska Cattlemen assistance page.
As a result of the emergency declaration, Nebraska businesses can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans. These loans are provided through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and can be used to help repair the damages to their businesses. The application filing deadline for physical damage is May 20, 2019. More information from the SBA's fact sheet.
Apply for a Disaster Loan Assistance here.