Flood Recovery Continues; United Way, LFS & Fremont Habitat Still Here for Survivors

FREMONT – Seven months after our community faced disaster, Fremont Area United Way continues to play a key role in helping people from all walks of life rebuild.

Fremont Area United Way transitioned from the emergency and cleanup response, to the repair and rebuild stage of recovery.  All the flood shelters are closed, but many families remain in temporary housing.  Three local organizations received funding to hire employees to focus on flood recovery efforts.

Fremont Area United Way in collaboration with Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity and Lutheran Family Services worked together to apply for and receive a Disaster Philanthropy Grant for three years to hire flood response staff.  Fremont Area United Way hired a Volunteer Coordinator to facilitate volunteers willing to respond and assist with rebuilding homes.  Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity received funding for a Construction Manager position to asses and evaluate construction needs.  Lutheran Family Services received funding for two Case Managers to support long term sustainability and recovery.

This newly formed local team works in collaboration with the Greater Dodge County Long Term Recovery Group (GDC-LTRG) which is a cooperative body made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, governmental, business and other organizations working to ensure that individuals and families recover from disasters. The mission of the GDC-LTRG is to provide recovery services to individuals and families affected by the flooding in the greater Dodge county area.

The goal of the GDC-LTRG is to see all of our community members fully recover from the disaster. Together we can ensure that no household, family or individual is left alone to navigate the road to recovery without proper information, resources, or personal support. Additional goals are to identify those community organizations and resources that can assist with community long-term recovery, facilitate communication and coordination among these organizations that want to help when help is needed, and successfully link needs to services during flood disaster recovery efforts.

Since flood response employees started working in June 2019, case management has been provided to approximately 161 individuals and families.  26 homes have received repairs.  There have been 29 different volunteer teams to help with home repairs. Over 520 building and home supplies (ex. beds, dressers, appliances, flooring, dry wall) were given out to flood survivors in need.

The first step for flood survivors’ needing assistance is to contact Disaster Case Management at 402-941-0075.  Case managers will assist in determining the resources needed.