Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding (DR-1517)

Incident period: May 20, 2004 to June 1, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 25, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 13, 2004
News Release
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently obligated more than $1.14 million in assistance to the state of Nebraska, to repair and rebuild damaged transmission lines near Lincoln. The damage was a result of the tornadoes in May and the project was approved for the grant assistance a few weeks later.
July 16, 2004
News Release
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Only one week remains until the registration deadline expires for individuals and business owners who were hard hit by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began May 20, 2004. The registration deadline is July 24, 2004. To register for assistance, call the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585, for speech or hearing impaired individuals. The lines are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 25, 2004
News Release
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Those who suffered losses or damages as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding May 20-June 1, and live or have a business in the counties declared disaster areas by President Bush under the May 25, 2004 declaration, have one month left to apply for disaster assistance. The deadline for individuals and businesses to register for assistance; close of business, July 24, 2004.
June 25, 2004
News Release
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Fraud is a rare occurrence during disaster recovery. However, when it does happen, The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a responsibility to take action. People who intentionally try to defraud the government are taking money away from those who are truly in need. FEMA is obligated to make sure taxpayer dollars go only to those people who sustained legitimate losses. This may include prosecuting anyone who makes a fraudulent claim.
June 25, 2004
News Release
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Disaster assistance totaling $7.6 million has been approved so far to help Nebraskans hit by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding May 20-June 1, federal and state officials said. “We are working hard with our state, local and volunteer partners to help these stricken areas recover as quickly as possible,” said Scott Wells, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery effort. Federal and state disaster officials provide the following summary of assistance efforts to date:
June 24, 2004
News Release
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska residents who have applied for disaster assistance and received U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) forms are encouraged to complete and return them to SBA as soon as possible. Completing the application is a required step in obtaining some types of disaster assistance.

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