FEMA announces extension to apply for disaster assistance grants

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - FEMA announced on Thursday they are extending the deadline for Nebraskans to apply for disaster assistance grants by 30 days. Those affected by the March floods originally had until Monday, May 20th. With the extension they now have until June 19th.

Governor Ricketts had asked for the extension, saying counties who declared a disaster late didn't have the full 60 days to register.

"It was felt that there were still people out there who maybe haven't done that," FEMA Public Information Officer Nate Custer told Local4. "Some people may have not registered initially because they felt that the folks down the street needed the federal help more than they do. The help is there for anybody for any type of damage, minor to catastrophic. You just have to register."

To apply for assistance, you can call the department at 800-621-3362 or visit their website at DisasterAssistance.gov.

You will need your social security number, a daytime phone number, current mailing address, address of damaged property and proof of ownership.