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FEMA and SBA Provide Nearly $78 million for Nebraska Recovery

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May 10, 2019
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LINCOLN, Neb. – Six weeks after the federal disaster declaration for the severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding, Nebraskans have already received $77.6 million in funds to aid in recovery.


The funds include grants to households from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), claims payments from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


“This is a major milestone in our collective effort to support Nebraskans in their recovery,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Constance Johnson-Cage.  These funds are going directly to citizens impacted by the storms after the President declared the disaster. This will help Nebraskans get started rebuilding their lives. The speed of this assistance is historic for Nebraska.” 


“SBA’s disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. SBA representatives continue to meet with business owners and residents at all State of Nebraska/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers throughout the state to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process, help them complete their applications and close their approved loans.


As of May 9, 2019:

  • FEMA has approved more than $19.3 million in grants for housing assistance, including emergency home repairs, replacement and rental assistance for eligible individuals and families in 27 counties.
  • FEMA has approved $ 2.38 million in grants for replacement of essential personal property and help with medical, dental, legal and other disaster-related expenses.
  • NFIP paid approximately $26.5 million to policyholders in payments to expedite the recovery process.
  • SBA approved more than $29.5 million in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.

In addition, FEMA’s Public Assistance Program approves funding to reimburse the costs for local and state agencies of debris removal and emergency response.

FEMA has mission assigned other federal agencies to assist in response and recovery operations. The agencies include: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service.

Recovery activities continue, the State of Nebraska is leading a Housing Task Force in partnership with FEMA and other agencies to address housing shortages and unmet needs in Nebraska communities affected by flooding. The state is conducting applicant briefings for public entities applying for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. FEMA continues to process applications for Individual Assistance. Communities are removing flood debris. The state and FEMA are planning hazard mitigation actions that will reduce the potential for damage from future storms.


Residents who have disaster-related damage, or under-insured losses in the counties designated for individual assistance can register:


For questions or information, visit Help is also available by email:, or contacting the SBA’s Customer Service Center at
800-659-2955 or call 800-877-8339 (TTY).




FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.


Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has faced discrimination, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Multilingual operators are available.


The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email or visit SBA at


Last Updated: 
May 10, 2019 - 16:06