Federal Disaster Declaration Approved by President; Federal Aid Now Inbound

Federal Disaster Declaration Approved by President; Federal Aid Now Inbound
Governor Pete Ricketts, signing disaster relief request, sent to Federal Emergency Management Agency

WASHINGTON, DC – Governor Pete Ricketts submitted an expedited request to the federal government for disaster assistance on Tuesday this week. Ricketts and members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation also received a visit from Vice President Mike Pence that day, and were able to show the extent of the flood damage along major waterways.

Today, President Donald J. Trump approved that request for federal aid, declaring that a major disaster exists in the State of Nebraska. This approval orders Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm, straight-line winds, and flooding that began on March 9, 2019, and are continuing today.

The President’s action makes Federal funding such as FEMA assistance available to affected individuals in the counties of Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington.

Assistance will come in many forms, and could include grants for temporary housing, funds for home repairs, limited cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, in addition to programs and funds that will help individuals and business owners overcome the far reaching effects of the disaster.

Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and additional areas may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.

Affected individuals or business owners who have experienced losses in these designated counties will be able to apply for assistance online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov.  As of 2:15PM on Thursday, the Disaster Assistance website does not yet reflect this new declaration. Several hours may be needed for the online system to update. You may see this message:

If you do, follow the instructions in bold italics and click apply now. You should be able to complete the early registration at this time.

Otherwise, those impacted are encouraged to call 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

These hotlines will be answered daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) until further notice.