Disaster Recovery Assistance

April 17, 2019

FAQ
Questions and Answers About FEMA Disaster Assistance
If you applied for assistance from FEMA because you sustained damage from the severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding in Nebraska, you received a letter from FEMA in the mail or via email. The letter explained the status of your application and how to respond. If you have not done so, it is important to read the letter carefully. Your letter includes the amount of any assistance FEMA may provide to you and information on the appropriate use of disaster assistance funds.

Why did FEMA say I wasn’t eligible?
You may need to submit additional information for FEMA to continue to process your application. Examples of missing documentation may include:

• Proof of insurance coverage
• Settlement of insurance claims
• Proof of identity
• Proof of occupancy
• Proof of ownership
• Proof that the damaged property was your primary residence at the time of the disaster

If you have questions about the letter, you may go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov, call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) or visit a Disaster Recovery Center. To find center locations and hours, go online to fema.gov/DRC, download the FEMA mobile app or call the helpline.

What does the letter mean when it says: “Home Is Safe to Occupy?”
To determine if you are eligible for federal disaster assistance, a FEMA inspection determines whether your home is safe, sanitary and functional. FEMA regulations define safe as secure from immediate disaster-related hazards or threats to occupants; sanitary as free of disaster-related health hazards; and functional as an item or home capable of being used for its intended purpose.

The FEMA inspection determines whether repair is necessary to ensure the safety or health of the occupant or to make the home functional. FEMA considers the following factors when determining whether assistance will be provided:

• The exterior of the home is structurally sound, including the doors, roof and windows.
• The electricity, gas, heat, plumbing and sewer and septic systems function properly.
• The interior’s habitable areas are structurally sound, including the ceiling and floors.
• The home is capable of being used for its intended purpose.
• There is safe access to and from the home.

Disaster-caused damage may exist while the habitability of the home may not be affected.

Why did my neighbor get more grant money for repairs than I did?
Each case is unique. There are several factors involved, including insurance status and the extent and type of damage found during the home inspection.

I can’t rebuild my house with the money FEMA is offering me.
FEMA assistance is not the same as insurance. FEMA assistance only provides funds for basic work to make a home habitable, including toilets, a roof, critical utilities, windows and doors.

Can my household apply if I am not a citizen?
To register for FEMA’s Individual Assistance, a member of the household must be citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien of the United States. Survivors may also register for disaster assistance if they are a parent or legal custodian of a minor child who resides with them, and who is a citizen, naturalized citizen or qualified alien of the United States. Applicants may contact the Social Security Administration at socialsecurity.gov or 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) for information on obtaining a Social Security number for a minor child.

Applicants will be asked to sign a Declaration and Release form stating that they are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or a qualified alien. If they cannot sign the Declaration and Release but have a minor child who is a U.S. citizen, naturalized or a qualified alien residing with them, they can apply for assistance on their child’s behalf and no information regarding their status will be gathered. They will be asked to sign a declaration that the child is a U.S. citizen, naturalized citizen, or a qualified alien.

If this situation applies to your household, please call us or visit a disaster recovery center. We can help you with this type of application. The disaster assistance helpline number is 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).

What happens if I disagree with FEMA’s decision?
You may appeal FEMA’s decision. For example, if you feel the amount or type of assistance is incorrect, you may submit an appeal letter and any documents needed to support your claim, such as a contractor’s estimate for home repairs.

FEMA cannot duplicate assistance provided to you by another source, such as insurance settlements or another program. However, if you are underinsured you may receive further assistance for unmet needs after insurance claims have been settled by submitting insurance settlement or denial documents to FEMA.

How can I appeal?
You must file your appeal in writing to FEMA. In a signed and dated letter, you must explain the reason(s) for your appeal. Your appeal letter should also include:

• Your full name
• Disaster number
• Address of the pre-disaster primary residence
• Your current phone number and address
• Your FEMA registration number on each page of your documents

If someone other than you or a co-applicant is writing your letter, that person must sign the appeal letter, and you must provide FEMA with a signed statement authorizing the individual to act on your behalf.

Your letter must be postmarked within 60 days of the date on your determination letter. Appeal letters and supporting documents may be submitted to FEMA by fax or mail, in person at a Disaster Recovery Center, or online if you have a FEMA online account. To set up a FEMA online account, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.

By mail:
FEMA
National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

By fax:
800-827-8112
Attention: FEMA

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20 Additional Nebraska Counties Now Eligible for FEMA Reimbursement for Repair, Replacement of Public Facilities

LINCOLN, Neb. – The major disaster declaration for the State of Nebraska has been amended to authorize Public Assistance (PA) grants for 20 additional counties to help pay for repair and replacement of public facilities damaged as a result of the March winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding.

The amendment adds:
• 11 counties, Banner, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Franklin, Garden, Kimball, Phelps, Sheridan, Sioux and Webster, designated for all PA categories (emergency work and permanent work).
• Three counties, Saunders, Stanton and Thurston for Categories C – G (already designated for Individual Assistance and assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures [Categories A and B], including direct federal assistance).
• Six counties, Brown, Harlan, Keya Paha, Lincoln, Merrick and Rock for Categories C – G (already designated for debris removal and emergency protective measures [Categories A and B], including direct federal assistance).

FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program provides federal assistance to state and local governments and certain types of private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration. Public Assistance can help communities quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

Through the program, FEMA can reimburse eligible costs for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private nonprofit organizations. The Public Assistance program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.

Previously 65 counties and five tribal nations were approved for Public Assistance grants to reimburse the cost of emergency services and debris removal, including direct federal assistance (Categories A-B).

The following are now eligible for Categories C-G at a federal cost share of not less than 75 percent:
Adams, Antelope, Blaine, Boone, Box Butte, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lancaster, Logan, Loup, Madison, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Sherman, Valley, Washington, Wayne and Wheeler Counties.

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  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available to Nebraskans in 15 Counties and Santee Sioux Nation
  • Understanding Your FEMA Letter
  • FEMA Extends Deadline for Public Entities, Nonprofit Organizations to Request Public Assistance Grants
  • Knox County and Washington County Temporary DRC’s Opening TODAY (see below)

 

FEMA UPDATE

First Steps to Recovery

  • Even if your county has not yet been declared for Individual Assistance you should not wait to start your recovery.
      • Call your insurance agent to see if there is coverage for your losses under a traditional homeowner’s or renter’s policy, or under a flood insurance policy.
  • Document your damage.
    • Take photos or video.
    • Make lists of damaged items.
    • Keep receipts for repairs
  • Although FEMA assistance cannot make you whole, it may help your recovery by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, accessible and secure.

FEMA assistance may also provide grants for a temporary place for you and your family to stay while you build your recovery plan.

How to apply:

    • By phone, call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m.

to 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time seven days a week.

    • Online, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
    • On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”
    • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center and speak to a FEMA specialist one-on-one.
  • Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information on hand:
  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged primary residence
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

 

Individual & Households Program (IHP)

Nebraska homeowners, renters and business in Knox, Thurston, Boone, Buffalo, Custer, Richardson, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, Washington counties and the Santee Sioux Nation may apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding. Additional counties may be designated as damage assessments are completed.

  • To date 4,062 applicants have applied for FEMA Individual Assistance
  • FEMA Individual Assistance approved to date: $13,413,888
    • Housing Assistance: $12,178,253
    • Other Needs Assistance: $1,235,635

FEMA Individual Assistance includes:

  • Housing Assistance
    • Temporary Housing: Money to rent a temporary place to stay.
    • Housing Repair: Money for homeowners to repair damage from the disaster that is not covered by insurance. The goal is to repair the home to a safe and sanitary living or functioning condition. FEMA will not pay to return a home to its condition before the disaster. Repair and replacement items include:
  • Structural parts of a home (foundation, outside walls, roof)
  • Windows, doors, floors, walls, ceilings, cabinets
  • Septic or sewage system
  • Well or other water system
  • Heating, ventilating, air-conditioning system
  • Utilities (electrical, plumbing, gas systems)
  • Entrance and exit ways from the home, including privately owned access roads
  • Blocking, leveling and anchoring of a mobile home and reconnecting or resetting its sewer, water, electrical and fuel lines and tanks
  • Other Needs Assistance
    • The Other Needs Assistance provision of the Individuals and Households Program provides grants for uninsured, disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs. Assistance includes:
  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Repair, cleaning or replacement of:
        • Clothing
        • Household items (room furnishings, appliances)
        • Specialized tools or protective clothing and equipment required for your job
        • Necessary educational materials (computers, school books, supplies)
        • Cleanup items (wet/dry vacuum, air purifier, dehumidifier)
        • Fuel (fuel, chain saw, firewood)
        • Vehicles damaged by the disaster, or public transportation or other transportation costs
        • Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster (including evacuation, storage or the return of property to a home)
        • The cost of a National Flood Insurance Program group flood insurance policy to meet flood insurance requirements.

 

FEMA Teams Going Door to Door

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are working in impacted neighborhoods to help survivors register for assistance and to identify immediate and emerging needs. Teams are operating in Boone, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties. They have visited more than 7.048 homes.

 

FEMA/STATE FIXED DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS

All DRC locations are open 7 days a week

 

Dodge County

Fremont Learning Center

130 E. 9th St.

Fremont, NE 68025

7 am to 7 pm

 

Douglas County

111 East Front St.

Valley, NE 68064

7 am to 7 pm

 

Sarpy County

3802 Raynor Parkway

Suite 201

Bellevue, NE 68123

7 am to 7 pm

 

Cass County

Plattsmouth Community/Senior Center (Gymnasium)

308 S. 18th St.

Plattsmouth, NE 68048

7 am to 7 pm

 

FEMA/STATE TEMPORARY DISASTER RECOVER CENTERS

 

KNOX COUNTY

Center Community Center

207 Main St.

Center, NE 68724

Opens TODAY through April 13

9 am to 6 pm

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Arlington City Auditorium

410 W. Elm St.

Arlington, NE 68002

Opens TODAY through April 13

9 am to 6 pm

 

SAUNDERS COUNTY

VFW Hall

102 S. 24th St.

Ashland, NE 68003

Open through April 10

9 am to 6 pm

 

BOONE COUNTY

St. Edward Fire Hall

1302 State Highway 39

St. Edward, NE 68660

Open through April 12

9 am to 6 pm

 

THURSTON COUNTY

Pender Community Center

614 Main St.

Pender, NE 68047

Opens April 15 through April 19

9 am to 6 pm

 

BUFFALO COUNTY

Gibbon Baptist Church

705 Court St.

Gibbon, NE 68840

Opens April 15 through April 19

9 am to 6 pm

 

COLFAX COUNTY

Colfax County Court

(Community Room)

411 E. 11th St.

Schuyler, NE 68661

Opens April 16 through April 20

9 am to 6 pm

 

Visit: FEMA.gov/DRC or download the FEMA App to locate open disaster recovery centers in your area.

 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

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 SBA.gov/disaster call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. TTY users may call 800-877-8339.

SBA Business Recovery Centers:

Sarpy County

BRC 1

812 Bruin Road

Bellevue, NE

M-F: 9 am – 6 pm

Sat: 9 am – 12 noon

Closed Sunday

 

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

To date, NFIP has received 991 flood insurance claims in Nebraska and issued $3,884,510 in advance payments to policyholders. Total paid to date is $5,327,757.

 

FEMA Public Assistance Program

Public Assistance (PA) is FEMA’s largest grant program, providing funds to assist communities responding to and recovering from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. The program provides emergency assistance to save lives and protect property and assists with permanently restoring community infrastructure affected by a federally declared incident.

Currently, 65 counties are designated for Public Assistance: Adams, Antelope, Blaine, Boone, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Harlan, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Keya Paha, Knox, Lancaster, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, Madison, Merrick, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Rock, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Scotts Bluff, Seward, Sherman, Stanton, Thayer, Thurston, Valley, Washington, Wayne, Wheeler and York.

Five Tribal Nations are designated for Public Assistance: Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Sac and Fox, Santee Sioux Nation and Winnebago Tribe.

The counties and Tribal Nations are eligible for reimbursement for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct assistance, at a federal cost share of at least 75 percent.

NEMA has set a briefing schedule for Public Assistance grant candidates. The briefings are for state businesses, counties, cities, sanitary enhancement districts, public energy districts, natural assets districts and other public entities that experienced injury from the March flooding.

 

Debris Removal a Priority for Communities after Nebraska Flooding

As local communities coordinate their debris removal process, the NEMA, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and FEMA advise residents not to wait to clean up.

  • Document damage with photos or videos.
  • Separate debris into categories and place at the curb.
  • Debris should not block the roadway.

For more information, go online to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality at deq.state.ne.us/.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Available

Nebraska Labor Commissioner John H. Albin announced that workers who became unemployed as a direct result of flooding in the state may qualify for unemployment assistance. People who live in or worked in the counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance, and whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to the flooding, may be eligible for assistance.

Individuals can generally receive up to 26 weeks of DUA benefits as long as unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. Eligibility for DUA benefits will be determined on a week-to-week basis.

  • Workers in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties have until April 26 to apply.
  • Workers in Boone, Buffalo, Custer, Knox, Richardson and Thurston counties and the Santee Sioux Nation have until May 3 to apply.

General information about DUA can be found at dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits/Programs/DUA.

Food Benefits Available for Nebraska Survivors

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).

D-SNAP eligible households in the affected areas will receive one month of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, to meet their food needs. To be eligible for D-SNAP, a household must live in an identified disaster area, have been affected by the disaster, and meet certain D-SNAP eligibility criteria. Nebraska will share information about D-SNAP operating dates and locations through the local media.

 

Assistance for Landowners, Farmers, Ranchers and Producers

USDA offers many programs that can provide assistance to landowners, farmers, ranchers and producers during disasters. The Emergency Conservation Program provides funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by wind erosion, floods, hurricanes, or other natural disasters and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures during periods of severe drought. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program helps protect lives and property threatened by floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires.

Programs also are available for orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. For those livestock owners with honeybees or farm-raised fish, assistance is available through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish program.

Emergency grazing has been authorized on Conservation Reserve Program acres for all counties in Nebraska until April 30.

For information on these programs, contact your local USDA Farm Services Agency prior to conducting any repairs.

Tax Relief for Nebraska Survivors

Individuals who reside or have a business in counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance may qualify for tax relief. For instance, taxpayers with certain deadlines falling on or after March 9, 2019 and before July 31, 2019, are granted additional time to file through July 31, 2019. This includes 2018 individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2019. It also includes the quarterly estimated income tax payments due on April 15, 2019, and June 17, 2019. Eligible taxpayers will also have until July 31, 2019 to make 2018 IRA contributions.

In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after March 9, 2019, and before March 25, 2019, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by March 25, 2019.

 

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FEMA UPDATE
First Steps to Recovery

  • Even if your county has not yet been declared for Individual Assistance you should not wait to start your recovery.
      • Call your insurance agent to see if there is coverage for your losses under a traditional homeowner’s or renter’s policy, or under a flood insurance policy.
  • Document your damage.
    • Take photos or video.
    • Make lists of damaged items.
    • Keep receipts for repairs
  • Although FEMA assistance cannot make you whole, it may help your recovery by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, accessible and secure.

FEMA assistance may also provide grants for a temporary place for you and your family to stay while you build your recovery plan.

How to apply:

    • By phone, call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m.

to 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time seven days a week.

    • Online, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
    • On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”
    • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center and speak to a FEMA specialist one-on-one.
  • Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information on hand:
  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged primary residence
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

Individual & Households Program (IHP)

Nebraska homeowners, renters and business in Knox, Thurston, Boone, Buffalo, Custer, Richardson, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, Washington counties and the Santee Sioux Nation may apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding. Additional counties may be designated as damage assessments are completed.

  • To date 3,904 applicants have applied for FEMA Individual Assistance
  • FEMA Individual Assistance approved to date: $12,605,532

FEMA Individual Assistance includes:

  • Housing Assistance
    • Temporary Housing: Money to rent a temporary place to stay.
    • Housing Repair: Money for homeowners to repair damage from the disaster that is not covered by insurance. The goal is to repair the home to a safe and sanitary living or functioning condition. FEMA will not pay to return a home to its condition before the disaster. Repair and replacement items include:
    • Structural parts of a home (foundation, outside walls, roof)
    • Windows, doors, floors, walls, ceilings, cabinets
    • Septic or sewage system
    • Well or other water system
    • Heating, ventilating, air-conditioning system
    • Utilities (electrical, plumbing, gas systems)
    • Entrance and exit ways from the home, including privately owned access roads
    • Blocking, leveling and anchoring of a mobile home and reconnecting or resetting its sewer, water, electrical and fuel lines and tanks
  • Other Needs Assistance
    • The Other Needs Assistance provision of the Individuals and Households Program provides grants for uninsured, disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs. Assistance includes:
    • Medical and dental expenses
    • Funeral and burial costs
    • Repair, cleaning or replacement of:
      • Clothing
      • Household items (room furnishings, appliances)
      • Specialized tools or protective clothing and equipment required for your job
      • Necessary educational materials (computers, school books, supplies)
      • Cleanup items (wet/dry vacuum, air purifier, dehumidifier)
      • Fuel (fuel, chain saw, firewood)
      • Vehicles damaged by the disaster, or public transportation or other transportation costs
      • Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster (including evacuation, storage or the return of property to a home)
      • The cost of a National Flood Insurance Program group flood insurance policy to meet flood insurance requirements.

FEMA Teams Going Door to Door

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are working in impacted neighborhoods to help survivors register for assistance and to identify immediate and emerging needs. Teams are operating in Boone, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties. They have visited more than 7.048 homes.

FEMA/STATE FIXED DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS

All DRC locations are open 7 days a week

 

Dodge County

Fremont Learning Center

130 E. 9th St.

Fremont, NE 68025

7 am to 7 pm

 

Douglas County

111 East Front St.

Valley, NE 68064

7 am to 7 pm

 

Sarpy County

3802 Raynor Parkway

Suite 201

Bellevue, NE 68123

7 am to 7 pm

 

Cass County

Plattsmouth Community/Senior Center (Gymnasium)

308 S. 18th St.

Plattsmouth, NE 68048

7 am to 7 pm

 

FEMA/STATE TEMPORARY DISASTER RECOVER CENTERS

BOONE COUNTY

St. Edward Fire Hall

1302 State Highway 39

St. Edward, NE 68660

Opens TODAY through April 12

9 am to 6 pm

 

SAUNDERS COUNTY

VFW Hall

102 S. 24th St.

Ashland, NE 68003

Open through April 10

9 am to 6 pm

 

KNOX COUNTY

Center Community Center

207 Main St.

Center, NE 68724

Opens April 9 through April 13

9 am to 6 pm

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Arlington City Auditorium

410 W. Elm St.

Arlington, NE 68002

Opens April 9 through April 13

9 am to 6 pm

 

THURSTON COUNTY

Pender Community Center

614 Main St.

Pender, NE 68047

Open April 15 through April 19

9 am to 6 pm

 

BUFFALO COUNTY

Gibbon Baptist Church

705 Court St.

Gibbon, NE 68840

Opens April 15 through April 19

9 am to 6 pm

 

COLFAX COUNTY

Colfax County Court

(Community Room)

411 E. 11th St.

Schuyler, NE 68661

Open April 16 through April 20

9 am to 6 pm

Visit: FEMA.gov/DRC or download the FEMA App to locate open disaster recovery centers in your area.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

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 SBA.gov/disaster call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. TTY users may call 800-877-8339.

SBA Business Recovery Centers:

Sarpy County

BRC 1

812 Bruin Road

Bellevue, NE

M-F: 9 am – 6 pm

Sat: 9 am – 12 noon

Closed Sunday

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

To date, NFIP has received 991 flood insurance claims in Nebraska and issued $3,884,510 in advance payments to policyholders. Total paid to date is $5,327,757.

FEMA Public Assistance Program

Public Assistance (PA) is FEMA’s largest grant program, providing funds to assist communities responding to and recovering from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. The program provides emergency assistance to save lives and protect property and assists with permanently restoring community infrastructure affected by a federally declared incident.

Currently, 65 counties are designated for Public Assistance: Adams, Antelope, Blaine, Boone, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Harlan, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Keya Paha, Knox, Lancaster, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, Madison, Merrick, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Rock, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Scotts Bluff, Seward, Sherman, Stanton, Thayer, Thurston, Valley, Washington, Wayne, Wheeler and York.

Five Tribal Nations are designated for Public Assistance: Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Sac and Fox, Santee Sioux Nation and Winnebago Tribe.

The counties and Tribal Nations are eligible for reimbursement for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct assistance, at a federal cost share of at least 75 percent.

NEMA has set a briefing schedule for Public Assistance grant candidates. The briefings are for state businesses, counties, cities, sanitary enhancement districts, public energy districts, natural assets districts and other public entities that experienced injury from the March flooding.

Debris Removal a Priority for Communities after Nebraska Flooding

As local communities coordinate their debris removal process, the NEMA, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and FEMA advise residents not to wait to clean up.

  • Document damage with photos or videos.
  • Separate debris into categories and place at the curb.
  • Debris should not block the roadway.

For more information, go online to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality at deq.state.ne.us/.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Available

Nebraska Labor Commissioner John H. Albin announced that workers who became unemployed as a direct result of flooding in the state may qualify for unemployment assistance. People who live in or worked in the counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance, and whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to the flooding, may be eligible for assistance.

Individuals can generally receive up to 26 weeks of DUA benefits as long as unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. Eligibility for DUA benefits will be determined on a week-to-week basis. The filing deadline is April 26, 2019. General information about DUA can be found at dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits/Programs/DUA.

Food Benefits Available for Nebraska Survivors

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).

D-SNAP eligible households in the affected areas will receive one month of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, to meet their food needs. To be eligible for D-SNAP, a household must live in an identified disaster area, have been affected by the disaster, and meet certain D-SNAP eligibility criteria. Nebraska will share information about D-SNAP operating dates and locations through the local media.

Assistance for Landowners, Farmers, Ranchers and Producers

USDA offers many programs that can provide assistance to landowners, farmers, ranchers and producers during disasters. The Emergency Conservation Program provides funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by wind erosion, floods, hurricanes, or other natural disasters and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures during periods of severe drought. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program helps protect lives and property threatened by floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires.

Programs also are available for orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. For those livestock owners with honeybees or farm-raised fish, assistance is available through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish program.

Emergency grazing has been authorized on Conservation Reserve Program acres for all counties in Nebraska until April 30.

For information on these programs, contact your local USDA Farm Services Agency prior to conducting any repairs.

Tax Relief for Nebraska Survivors

Individuals who reside or have a business in counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance may qualify for tax relief. For instance, taxpayers with certain deadlines falling on or after March 9, 2019 and before July 31, 2019, are granted additional time to file through July 31, 2019. This includes 2018 individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2019. It also includes the quarterly estimated income tax payments due on April 15, 2019, and June 17, 2019. Eligible taxpayers will also have until July 31, 2019 to make 2018 IRA contributions.

In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after March 9, 2019, and before March 25, 2019, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by March 25, 2019.

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Homeowners and renters located in Nebraska counties declared federal disaster areas and who sustained damages caused by winter storms, flooding and straight line winds… should register with FEMA.

Survivors with storm losses can register by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by going online to disaster assistance.gov.

Help from FEMA can include rental assistance, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance. The assistance FEMA provides is limited and intended to meet survivors’ basic needs and to help jump start recovery efforts.

State of Nebraska and FEMA Will Open a Disaster Recovery Center in Sarpy County

Lincoln, NE – The State of Nebraska and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open a Disaster Recovery Center on Saturday, March 30 in Sarpy County. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications at the center.

Center location and hours are:
Disaster Recovery Center
3802 Raynor Parkway
Suite 201
Bellevue, NE 68123

Opening March 30: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Regular hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day

Nebraska homeowners, renters and business owners in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties which were included in the major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance, may apply for assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding.

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed by representatives from FEMA, the SBA, and other federal and local agencies. One-on-one assistance includes:

  • Help to register for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.
  • Help completing paperwork and checking the status of your application.
  • Help applying for the SBA’s low-interest disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters.
  • Referrals to other state, federal and voluntary organizations offering information about additional disaster assistance.
  • Help understanding how to appeal FEMA eligibility decisions.
  • Accommodations to meet the needs of the entire community including people with disabilities. Centers are equipped with captioned phones, video remote interpreting and assistive listening devices.
  • If you need an accommodation or assistance due to a disability, please notify FEMA staff at the time of registration or anytime during the assistance process.

Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information on hand:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged primary residence
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

Many of the services available at Disaster Recovery Centers are also available by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, voice/VP/711. Multilingual operators are available. TTY users may call 800-462-7585. Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

SBA disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply for low-interest disaster recovery loans.

Businesses and residents can visit www.SBA.gov/disaster, call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339.

For more information on Nebraska’s disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4420.


Debris Removal a Priority for Communities after Nebraska Flooding

LINCOLN, Neb. – One of the first steps to recovery after a disaster is cleaning up debris. Clearing and disposing of appliances, furniture, trees, sand, gravel, building components, vehicles, personal property and other items is vital to getting the community back on its feet.

As local communities coordinate their debris removal process, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide the following information for residents in the affected areas:

  • Don’t wait to clean up storm damage. Document damage with photos or videos.
  • Follow guidance from local officials when placing debris for collection. Separate debris into categories when disposing along the curb:
    • Electronics, such as televisions, computers or phones;
    • Large appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves or dishwashers. Be sure to seal or secure the doors so that they are not accessible;
    • Hazardous waste, such as oil, batteries, pesticides, paint or cleaning supplies. If you suspect that materials contain lead-based paint, keep them moist or contain materials in plastic bags so that the paint does not become airborne;
    • Vegetative debris, such as tree branches, leaves or plants;
    • Construction debris, such as drywall, lumber, carpet or furniture;

Place debris away from trees, poles or structures including fire hydrants and meters. Remove all water-damaged materials from the home and place curbside for pickup. Debris should not block the roadway.

Residents should follow guidance from local authorities for disposal of debris. FEMA’s Public Assistance Program reimburses state and local agencies for eligible costs of debris removal under the federal disaster declaration for Nebraska. This applies to items that have come into contact with flood water.

For more information, go online to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality at deq.state.ne.us/.

 


State of Nebraska and FEMA Will Open a Disaster Recovery Center in Dodge County

LINCOLN, Neb. – The State of Nebraska and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3 in Dodge County. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at the center will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications.

Center location and hours:
Christensen Field House (Community Room)
1710 Christensen Field Road
Fremont, NE 68025
Open April 3, April 4 and April 5
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT

The center will move to a new location soon, and public notice will be provided.

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