FEMA disperses $8 million in individual assistance in first two weeks after Nebraska disaster declaration

April 3, 2019

In its first two weeks of operation in Nebraska, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $8 million in individual and household disaster assistance to those hit hardest by winter storm and flooding conditions in the state.

Housing assistance accounts for more than 90 percent of the approved assistance — $7,578,749. The remaining $468,865 has been for other disaster-caused needs, such as vehicle replacement.

A total of 3,254 applicants have applied for FEMA individual assistance in the 15 counties and Santee Sioux Nation since the March 21 disaster declaration. Many more counties are expected to apply.

It is possible, FEMA representatives say, that additional counties will be submitted for individual disaster declaration by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and included in the declaration.

FEMA disaster survivor assistance teams are now going door-to-door in affected neighborhoods to help survivors register for assistance and identify immediate needs. The teams, working in Boone, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties, have visited more than 2,000 homes.

NEMA, which works in conjunction with the federal agency, and FEMA have opened disaster recovery centers in Valley, Bellevue and Plattsmouth. A fourth center in Fremont is set to open Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, 379 FEMA employees have been dispatched to Nebraska, with more deployments being issued.

The National Flood Insurance Program has received 955 flood insurance claims in Nebraska and has issued $2,605,460 in advance payments to policyholders.