LINCOLN, Neb. -- More than $500,000 in federal disaster assistance has been approved for Nebraskans since President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for flooding between May 24 and August 1, 2011.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $568,897 for disaster survivors in Nebraska through the Individuals and Households Program. The bulk of that has been temporary rental housing assistance.
"FEMA is definitely putting funds into the hands of Nebraskans," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael L. Parker. "Recovery from flooding typically has two stages. First is relocation to temporary quarters, which FEMA may assist with a rental grant. After the water recedes we can assess the flood damage, which may result in an additional grant for repair."
"We urge anyone affected by this disaster to register now," added Earl Imler, of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). "Don't wait for the water to recede. We can't grant any assistance money unless the survivor registers."
The deadline to register with FEMA for disaster assistance is Oct. 11, 2011.
Inspectors have completed 441 assessments in the nine counties designated for assistance to individuals. So far 191 properties of registered survivors are inaccessible for damage inspections. Once inspectors are able to re-visit those properties, more grants may become available based on damage assessments.
Survivors need to request a re-inspection when their property is accessible by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-321-3362 and selecting the helpline prompt.
Other details of federal assistance to flood survivors include:
- 684 individuals have registered for disaster assistance.
- $10,017 in Other Needs Assistance has been approved for personal property loss, medical costs and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
- 293 visits have been made at Disaster Recovery Centers operated jointly by FEMA and NEMA.
- $25,700 in U.S. mall Business Administration disaster assistance loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.
FEMA individual assistance grants by county as of September 1:
Register now with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Help is available in most languages. Those with speech or hearing disability may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Persons affected by the floods also may apply for federal assistance through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to "apply online for federal assistance."
Have the following information ready when you call to register:
- Social Security number
- Current and pre-disaster address
- Description of losses caused by disaster
- Contact information where FEMA can reach you
- Total household income
- Insurance information
- Banking information (including account number if you want direct fund ...