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October 1, 1999
News Release
OMAHA, Neb. -- October 18 is the last day that storm-affected residents of Burt, Douglas and Washington counties can apply for state and federal disaster assistance. "We're getting close to the end of the registration period and if there is anyone who has damages from the Aug. 6-9 storms but still hasn't registered, they should do so today," said Charles Biggs, FEMA federal coordinating officer.
September 15, 1999
News Release
OMAHA, Neb. -- New hours and days of operation have been established for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Tele-registration and Helpline services. Beginning immediately, flood victims and affected businesses in Burt, Douglas and Washington counties now can call the FEMA tele-registration line from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calling the tele-registration number is the first step in being considered for state and federal disaster assistance. The number is 1-800-462-9029. For those who are hearing or speech impaired, the number is (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.
September 15, 1999
News Release
OMAHA, Neb. -- Victims of the Aug. 6-9 severe storms and flooding in Burt, Douglas and Washington counties have just one month left to apply for state and federal disaster assistance. "Oct. 18 is the last day to call and apply for assistance," said Carlos Mitchell, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "If you haven't registered yet but still need help, now is the time to call."
September 15, 1999
News Release
OMAHA, Neb. -- A temporary disaster field office, opened last month in downtown Omaha to house state and federal disaster recovery specialists, will close Friday, Sept. 17. "This temporary field office was opened to provide our staffs a place to work so that the recovery operation could get underway," said Carlos Mitchell, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Now that things are progressing well, this office is no longer needed."
September 13, 1999
News Release
OMAHA, Neb. -- Disaster victims who need help with low-interest disaster loan applications can still visit the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at the Florence Community Center until further notice.
September 10, 1999
News Release
OMAHA, Neb. -- BACKGROUND: On Aug. 20, President Clinton signed a major disaster declaration for three Nebraska counties -- Burt, Douglas and Washington - following severe storms and flooding that struck the area August 6-9. Charles Biggs, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) regional office in Kansas City, MO, is federal coordinating officer for the relief effort. The state coordinating officer is Fran Laden. A Disaster Field Office was established in downtown Omaha to coordinate state/federal recovery efforts.
September 9, 1999
News Release
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Disaster Recovery Center, which opened in Florence Aug. 30, to serve disaster survivors of Burt, Douglas and Washington counties, will close its operation on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m.
September 9, 1999
News Release
OMAHA, Neb. -- Last month's destructive storms and flooding in three Nebraska counties underscored the need for residents to consider suggestions offered by state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials to minimize damage from future similar events. Before the water starts to rise again, Federal Coordinating Officer Charles Biggs and State Coordinating Officer Fran Laden are recommending Nebraskans lend serious consideration to the following actions:
September 9, 1999
News Release
OMAHA, Neb. -- When August floodwaters crashed through the wall of the Metropolitan Area Transit (MAT) Authority building, about $4.5 million in damage was left behind. MAT had prepared for an event like this by purchasing the appropriate insurance ahead of time. Taxpayers are saving millions of dollars. "This is an amazing example of how the State and federal governments are saving a huge amount of taxpayer money," said Charles Biggs, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
September 4, 1999
News Release
OMAHA, Neb. -- Okay. So you're trying to get your life back together after getting hit with astronomical repair bills caused by those early August storms. Damage to your property is widespread. You need a loan to make massive repairs. And, because a disaster has been declared in your county, you hear you're eligible to apply for a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Hey, you're not a business, you say.

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