Survivors Learn Disaster Recovery Center Schedules Many Ways

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Release date: 
September 7, 2011
Release Number: 
4013-023

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nearly half of disaster survivors who visited Nebraska Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) learned the location and schedule from traditional media outlets -- newspapers, television and radio. Together, the media sources accounted for 40 percent of the responses. Word of mouth from friends, family and others was cited by another 20 percent of visitors.

Exit interviews conducted by staff of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were designed to help the agency learn how better to reach the people who want to visit the centers. FEMA, in cooperation with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), sends news releases to the traditional media, and additionally sends public service announcements to radio stations.

The information source with the highest margin was newspapers, 21 percent. "Friends/Relatives/Neighbors" scored 20 percent, followed by television with 17 percent. "FEMA Employees" were cited as the source by 12 percent, "Signs" by 9 percent, "Local Government" by 9 percent and FEMA flyers by 4 percent. Other information sources were "Other", 4 percent, radio and "Community Groups" at 2 percent each, the FEMA website, 1 percent and driving by the DRC location, 1 percent. The total was 102 percent because persons could choose multiple sources.

Disaster Recovery Centers are established in population centers in Nebraska counties designated as federal major disaster areas because of Missouri River flooding. Survivors do not have to visit a DRC to be eligible for disaster assistance. But they can get help there from FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) employees in understanding the programs, requirements and completing the paperwork.

A center in Blair has been open daily except Sundays since Aug. 22. Other DRCs have been open three to four days on a rotating schedule designed to reach a wide area within the designated counties. By the time the centers closed for the Labor Day weekend, they had been visited by 329 Nebraskans seeking assistance.

DRC schedule:

WASHINGTON COUNTY: Courthouse, 1555 Colfax St., Blair

  • Monday -- Saturday through Sept.10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday -- Friday beginning Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DOUGLAS COUNTY: Omaha Civic Center, Farnam Street Level, 1819 Farnam St., Omaha

  • Thursday, Sept. 8, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DAKOTA/DIXON COUNTIES: City County Law Enforcement Center, 701 W. 29th St., South Sioux City

  • Friday, Sept. 9, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

CASS/SARPY COUNTY:Bellevue Fire Dept. Training Center, 3100 Cornhusker Road, Bellevue

  • Monday, Sept. 12, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

BURT COUNTY:City Auditorium, 1315 K St., Tekamah

  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

KNOX COUNTY:Niobrara Fire Hall, 259 Spruce Ave., Niobrara

  • Friday, Sept. 16, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

BOYD COUNTY: Spencer Fire Department Meeting Room, 100 E. Main St., Spencer

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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