FEMA assistance guide

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First Steps to Recovery

Even if your county has not yet been declared for Individual Assistance you should not wait to start your recovery.

Call your insurance agent to see if there is coverage for your losses under a traditional homeowner’s or renter’s policy, or under a flood insurance policy.

Document your damage.
Take photos or video.
Make lists of damaged items.
Keep receipts for repairs

Although FEMA assistance cannot make you whole, it may help your recovery by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, accessible and secure.
FEMA assistance may also provide grants for a temporary place for you and your family to stay while you build your recovery plan.

How to apply:

By phone, call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m.
to 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time seven days a week.

Online, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”
Visit a Disaster Recovery Center and speak to a FEMA specialist one-on-one.

Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information on hand:
Social Security number
Address of the damaged primary residence
Description of the damage
Information about insurance coverage
A current contact telephone number
An address where they can receive mail
Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

Individual & Households Program (IHP)

Nebraska homeowners, renters and business in Knox, Thurston, Boone, Buffalo, Caster, Richardson, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, Washington counties and the Santee Sioux Nation may apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding. Additional counties may be designated as damage assessments are completed.

To date 3,838 applicants have applied for FEMA Individual Assistance
FEMA Individual Assistance approved to date: $12,427,992
Housing Assistance: $11,364,176
Other Needs Assistance: $1,063,816

FEMA Individual Assistance includes:

Housing Assistance
Temporary Housing: Money to rent a temporary place to stay.
Housing Repair: Money for homeowners to repair damage from the disaster that is not covered by insurance. The goal is to repair the home to a safe and sanitary living or functioning condition. FEMA will not pay to return a home to its condition before the disaster. Repair and replacement items include:
• Structural parts of a home (foundation, outside walls, roof)

• Windows, doors, floors, walls, ceilings, cabinets

• Septic or sewage system

• Well or other water system

• Heating, ventilating, air-conditioning system

• Utilities (electrical, plumbing, gas systems)

• Entrance and exit ways from the home, including privately owned access roads

• Blocking, leveling and anchoring of a mobile home and reconnecting or resetting its sewer, water, electrical and fuel lines and tanks

Other Needs Assistance
The Other Needs Assistance provision of the Individuals and Households Program provides grants for uninsured, disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs. Assistance includes:
• Medical and dental expenses

• Funeral and burial costs

• Repair, cleaning or replacement of:

Clothing
Household items (room furnishings, appliances)
Specialized tools or protective clothing and equipment required for your job
Necessary educational materials (computers, school books, supplies)
Cleanup items (wet/dry vacuum, air purifier, dehumidifier)
Fuel (fuel, chain saw, firewood)
Vehicles damaged by the disaster, or public transportation or other transportation costs
Moving and storage expenses related to the disaster (including evacuation, storage or the return of property to a home)
The cost of a National Flood Insurance Program group flood insurance policy to meet flood insurance requirements.

FEMA Teams Going Door to Door

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are working in impacted neighborhoods to help survivors register for assistance and to identify immediate and emerging needs. Teams are operating in Boone, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties. They have visited more than 7.048 homes.

FEMA/STATE FIXED DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS

All DRC locations are open 7 days a week

Dodge County
Fremont Learning Center
130 E. 9th St.
Fremont, NE 68025
Opens TODAY (Noon-7 pm)

Douglas County
111 East Front St.
Valley, NE 68064
7 am to 7 pm

Sarpy County
3802 Raynor Parkway
Suite 201
Bellevue, NE 68123
7 am to 7 pm

Cass County
Plattsmouth Community/Senior Center (Gymnasium)
308 S. 18th St.
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
7 am to 7 pm

FEMA/STATE TEMPORARY DISASTER RECOVER CENTERS

SAUNDERS COUNTY
VFW Hall
102 S. 24th St.
Ashland, NE 68003
Open through April 10
9 am to 6 pm

BOONE COUNTY
St. Edward Fire Hall
1302 State Highway 39
St. Edward, NE 68660
Opens April 8 through April 12
9 am to 6 pm

KNOX COUNTY
Center Community Center
207 Main St.
Center, NE 68724
Opens April 9 through April 13
9 am to 6 pm

WASHINGTON COUNTY
Arlington City Auditorium
410 W. Elm St.
Arlington, NE 68002
Opens April 9 through April 13
9 am to 6 pm

THURSTON COUNTY
Pender Community Center
614 Main St.
Pender, NE 68047
Open April 15 through April 19
9 am to 6 pm

BUFFALO COUNTY
Gibbon Baptist Church
705 Court St.
Gibbon, NE 68840
Opens April 15 through April 19
9 am to 6 pm

COLFAX COUNTY
Colfax County Court
(Community Room)
411 E. 11th St.
Schuyler, NE 68661
Open April 16 through April 20
9 am to 6 pm

Visit: FEMA.gov/DRC or download the FEMA App to locate open disaster recovery centers in your area.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Business owners, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources. Businesses and residents can visit SBA.gov/disaster call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. TTY users may call 800-877-8339.

SBA Business Recovery Centers:

Sarpy County
BRC 1
812 Bruin Road
Bellevue, NE
M-F: 9 am – 6 pm
Sat: 9 am – 12 noon
Closed Sunday

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

To date, NFIP has received 991 flood insurance claims in Nebraska and issued $3,884,510 in advance payments to policyholders. Total paid to date is $5,327,757.

FEMA Public Assistance Program

Public Assistance (PA) is FEMA’s largest grant program, providing funds to assist communities responding to and recovering from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. The program provides emergency assistance to save lives and protect property and assists with permanently restoring community infrastructure affected by a federally declared incident.

Currently, 65 counties are designated for Public Assistance: Adams, Antelope, Blaine, Boone, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Harlan, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Keya Paha, Knox, Lancaster, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, Madison, Merrick, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Rock, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Scotts Bluff, Seward, Sherman, Stanton, Thayer, Thurston, Valley, Washington, Wayne, Wheeler and York.

Five Tribal Nations are designated for Public Assistance: Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Sac and Fox, Santee Sioux Nation and Winnebago Tribe.

The counties and Tribal Nations are eligible for reimbursement for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct assistance, at a federal cost share of at least 75 percent.

NEMA has set a briefing schedule for Public Assistance grant candidates. The briefings are for state businesses, counties, cities, sanitary enhancement districts, public energy districts, natural assets districts and other public entities that experienced injury from the March flooding.

Debris Removal a Priority for Communities after Nebraska Flooding

As local communities coordinate their debris removal process, the NEMA, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and FEMA advise residents not to wait to clean up.

Document damage with photos or videos.
Separate debris into categories and place at the curb.
Debris should not block the roadway.

For more information, go online to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality at deq.state.ne.us/.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Available

Nebraska Labor Commissioner John H. Albin announced that workers who became unemployed as a direct result of flooding in the state may qualify for unemployment assistance. People who live in or worked in the counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance, and whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to the flooding, may be eligible for assistance.

Individuals can generally receive up to 26 weeks of DUA benefits as long as unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. Eligibility for DUA benefits will be determined on a week-to-week basis. The filing deadline is April 26, 2019. General information about DUA can be found at dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits/Programs/DUA.

Food Benefits Available for Nebraska Survivors

Low-income Nebraskans recovering from recent flooding could be eligible for food benefits through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) approved March 28 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

D-SNAP eligible households in the affected areas will receive one month of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, to meet their food needs. To be eligible for D-SNAP, a household must live in an identified disaster area, have been affected by the disaster, and meet certain D-SNAP eligibility criteria. Nebraska will share information about D-SNAP operating dates and locations through the local media.

Assistance for Landowners, Farmers, Ranchers and Producers

USDA offers many programs that can provide assistance to landowners, farmers, ranchers and producers during disasters. The Emergency Conservation Program provides funding for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by wind erosion, floods, hurricanes, or other natural disasters and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures during periods of severe drought. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program helps protect lives and property threatened by floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires.

Programs also are available for orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. For those livestock owners with honeybees or farm-raised fish, assistance is available through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish program.

Emergency grazing has been authorized on Conservation Reserve Program acres for all counties in Nebraska until April 30.

For information on these programs, contact your local USDA Farm Services Agency prior to conducting any repairs.

Tax Relief for Nebraska Survivors

Individuals who reside or have a business in counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance may qualify for tax relief. For instance, taxpayers with certain deadlines falling on or after March 9, 2019 and before July 31, 2019, are granted additional time to file through July 31, 2019. This includes 2018 individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2019. It also includes the quarterly estimated income tax payments due on April 15, 2019, and June 17, 2019. Eligible taxpayers will also have until July 31, 2019 to make 2018 IRA contributions.

In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after March 9, 2019, and before March 25, 2019, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by March 25, 2019.

Information Links:

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency: nema.nebraska.gov/
Twitter: twitter.com/nematweets
Facebook: facebook.com/nema.page
YouTube: youtube.com/user/TheNEMAtube
Flickr: flickr.com/photos/nemapics/
FEMA: FEMA.gov
Facebook: facebook.com/FEMA
Twitter: twitter.com/femaregion7
National Flood Insurance Program: Floodsmart.gov
FEMA blog: fema.gov/blog
SBA Office of Disaster Assistance: sba.gov/disaster

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