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Tim Gragert

Sen. Tim Gragert

District 40

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Holt county may now apply for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for losses resulting from the severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred Mar. 9 to Apr. 1, 2019.

FEMA disaster grants for qualified homeowners and renters may help pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable, provide temporary rental assistance, and provide assistance for disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.

The deadline for registration is June 19 for Individual Assistance.

How to register with FEMA:

  • Online, visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By phone, call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) 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.
  • On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”

Applicants will need the following to apply:

  • Social Security Number;
  • Daytime telephone number;
  • Current mailing address;
  • Address and zip code of the damaged property;
  • Proof of ownership and occupancy, such as a utility bill; and
  • Private insurance information, if available.

After registering for disaster assistance with FEMA, homeowners and renters may also be contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to apply for a low-interest disaster loan. SBA disaster loans provide the largest source of long-term federal disaster recovery funds for survivors.

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may receive additional information for this disaster by visiting the SBA Nebraska disaster website.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800-877-8339 (TTY).

For flood insurance information, visit FloodSmart.gov or call the NFIP helpdesk at 800-427-4661.

Currently, 28 counties and one tribe are designated for FEMA Individual Assistance: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Hall, Holt, Howard, Knox, Madison, Nance, Nemaha, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Stanton, Thurston and Washington counties and the Santee Sioux Nation.

LINCOLN –  Nebraska Labor Commissioner John H. Albin announced today that Holt County, Nebraska is now eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The filing deadline is July 5.

Individuals who live in or worked in the eligible county, and whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of flooding in the state, may qualify for unemployment assistance. The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program was triggered when President Trump designated portions of the state a disaster area on March 21, 2019.

“FEMA is continuing to review counties for individual assistance and they will be added as they qualify. DOL will provide updates should additional counties become eligible,” said Commissioner Albin.

The filing deadline has passed for fifteen other Nebraska counties and the Santee Sioux Nation, which were previously declared eligible for DUA. Counties already declared eligible include Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Hall, Howard, Knox, Madison, Nance, Nemaha, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Thurston and Washington.

The first week of unemployment eligible for DUA is the week of March 10 through March 16, 2019.  Applicants should file an unemployment insurance claim online at NEworks.nebraska.gov. All DUA applicants will be required to provide documents to verify wages.

“Even if an applicant doesn’t qualify for DUA, he or she can still take advantage of the resources and services provided by our job centers throughout the state,” Commissioner Albin added.  A listing of job centers is available at https://dol.nebraska.gov/Home/AboutUs.

To be eligible for DUA benefits under the Presidential Disaster Declaration, individuals must:

  • Be an unemployed worker whose unemployment was caused as a direct result of the major disaster declared by the President
  • Be a U.S. national or a qualified alien; and
  • Not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state; and
  • Have worked or been self-employed in, or scheduled to begin work or self-employment in, one of the counties listed above; and
  • Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income.

Also eligible to apply for DUA are individuals who:

  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster; or
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household; or,
  • Cannot work or perform self-employment due to closure of a facility by the federal government.

DUA applicants will need their Social Security Number and the name and address of their last employer or prospective employer to file for DUA. Applicants are required to provide proof (at the time of filing or within 21 days of filing their DUA claim) that they were employed or self-employed at the time the disaster occurred or were scheduled to begin (or resume) a job or self-employment when the disaster occurred.  A copy of the most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs may also be required (self-employed individuals should also provide Schedules SE and Schedule C or Schedule F.)

Individuals can generally receive up to 28 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. General information about DUA can be found at https://dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits/Programs/DUA.

On May 22, Governor Ricketts released a guide called “Nebraska Disaster Resource Guide”, aimed at assisting Nebraskans recovering from natural disasters, most recently being the March flooding. The guide provides resource summaries, hotlines, and other contact information for more than two dozen community organizations as well as state and federal agencies involved in recovery assistance.

Follow the link to access the guide: https://nema.nebraska.gov/sites/nema.nebraska.gov/files/doc/disaster-resource-guide.pdf

Printed booklets may also be requested by sending an email to nema.jic@nebraska.gov or by calling (402) 471-7421.

Individual Assistance Now Available Until June 19 for Nebraskans
 
LINCOLN, Neb. – At the request of Governor Pete Ricketts, homeowners, renters and business owners in Nebraska counties designated for federal assistance now have until June 19 to register for federal assistance.
 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster grants for qualified homeowners and renters may help pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable, provide temporary rental assistance, and provide assistance for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.
 
How to register with FEMA:
  • Online, visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By phone, call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
  • On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”
Applicants will need the following to apply:
  • Social Security Number;
  • Daytime telephone number;
  • Current mailing address;
  • Address and zip code of the damaged property;
  • Proof of ownership and occupancy, such as a utility bill; and
  • Private insurance information, if available.
 
After registering for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), homeowners and renters may also be contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to apply for a low-interest disaster loan. SBA disaster loans provide the largest source of long-term federal disaster recovery funds for survivors.
 
Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may receive additional information for this disaster by visiting the SBA Nebraska disaster website.
 
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800-877-8339.
 
For flood insurance information, visit FloodSmart.gov or call the NFIP helpdesk at 800-427-4661.
 
These 27 counties and one tribe were designated for FEMA Individual Assistance: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Hall, Howard, Knox, Madison, Nance, Nemaha, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Stanton, Thurston and Washington counties and the Santee Sioux Nation.
FEMA Public Assistance Deadline Extended
 
LINCOLN, Neb. –The deadline to file a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) has been extended until June 20, 2019.
 
Under FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program, applicants may be eligible for reimbursement for debris removal and emergency protective measures as well as the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain private nonprofit organizations such as houses of worship at a federal cost share of 75 percent.
 
The program also offers more protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing 406 hazard-mitigation measures during the recovery process.
 
Government entities are encouraged to submit a request for public assistance to FEMA. RPAs must be submitted in Grants Portal. If you have not received an email for the Grants Portal please call (402) 429-3389.
 
There are several categories of work eligible for FEMA reimbursement:
  • (Categories A-B) the cost of emergency services and debris removal, and
  • (Categories C-G) for roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, parks and recreational areas.
There are 80 counties designated for some type of public assistance: Adams, Antelope, Banner, Blaine, Boone, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Cherry, Cheyenne, Clay, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dakota, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Fillmore, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Harlan, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Kearney, Keya Paha, Kimball, Knox, Lancaster, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, Madison, Merrick, Morrill, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Phelps, Pierce, Platte, Polk, Richardson, Rock, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Scotts Bluff, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Stanton, Thayer, Thurston, Valley, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, and York.
 
Five Tribes have been designated for PA:
 
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, Sac and Fox, Santee Sioux Nation and the Winnebago Tribe.

All Nebraska Disaster Recovery Centers Close May 17

LINCOLN, Neb. – Effective Friday, May 17, all the State of Nebraska and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) will close.

There is always help available.  After a DRC closes, survivors can still get help by contacting FEMA in these ways:

  • Call the Disaster Assistance Helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
  • Online, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”
  • Call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week.

Update on the Hwy 11, 12 & 281 Bridges:

On Friday May 10th, bidding documents were sent to selected contractors for work on these bridges.

Contractors will have until May 21st to submit bids on the N-12 Bridges, west of Niobrara and the US-281 Bridge South of Spencer.

They will have until May 28th to submit bids on the N-11 Bridge, South of Butte.

Disaster Recovery Center Relocates in Boyd County

LINCOLN, Neb. – Beginning on Wednesday, May 9, the State of Nebraska and FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Boyd county will change location to:

BOYD COUNTY

  • American Legion Post 78
  • 116 S. Thayer Street
  • Spencer, NE 68777
  • New Hours – Monday – Saturday
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT

Survivors can visit any open Nebraska DRC.  To find locations, go online to FEMA.gov/DRC or call the Disaster Assistance Helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).

FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recovery specialists provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications. They can provide referrals and help with appeals. Centers are equipped with captioned phones, video remote interpreting and assistive listening devices.

Nebraska homeowners, renters and business owners in Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Hall, Howard, Knox, Madison, Nance, Nemaha, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Stanton, Thurston and Washington counties and the Santee Sioux Nation may apply for assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding.

How to Register with FEMA:

  • Online, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”
  • Call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week.
  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and speak to a FEMA specialist. To find the nearest DRC visit: FEMA.gov/DRC, or text DRC along with a ZIP code to 43362, or call the Disaster Assistance Helpline at 800-621-3362 or800-462-7585 (TTY).

To help the Recovery Specialists, applicants requesting assistance should bring the following information:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged primary residence
  • Description of the damage (photos if available)
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where you can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

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.

For more information on Nebraska’s disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4420.

The State of Nebraska and FEMA will open Disaster Recovery Center in Knox County

KNOX COUNTY

  • Center Community Center
  • 207 Main St.
  • Center, NE 68724
  • Open April 30 through May 3
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT

At the center, recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications. They can provide referrals and help with appeals. The center is equipped with captioned phones, video remote interpreting and assistive listening devices.

Nebraska homeowners, renters and business owners in Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Hall, Howard, Knox, Madison, Nance, Nemaha, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Stanton, Thurston and Washington counties and the Santee Sioux Nation may apply for assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding.

How to Register with FEMA:

  • Online, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”
  • By phone, call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week.
  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and speak to a FEMA specialist one-on-one. To find the nearest DRC visit: FEMA.gov/DRC, or text DRC along with a ZIP code to 43362, or call the Disaster Assistance Helpline at800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).

Applicants requesting 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

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 also call 800-877-8339.

For more information on Nebraska’s disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4420.

 

**This post will be updated as more resources become available**

NEMA has established a hotline for Nebraskans impacted by flooding. Impacted persons with questions should call (402) 817-1551. Additional resources can be found by visiting www.nema.nebraska.gov

 

*******Updated information above 3/20/2019 at 12:15 PM*******

 

On March 12, Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency to deal with both the blizzard in the west and the flooding throughout the state. Since then, the counties of Boyd, Cedar, Dixon, Holt, Knox & Rock have submitted emergency declarations to NEMA (Nebraska Emergency Management Agency), along with numerous cities. NEMA is working to expedite a major disaster declaration, waiting to do the damage assessments until later, as there is no doubt that Nebraska will qualify for a federal disaster funding through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).
 
There are two types of assistance from FEMA – Public assistance and individual assistance.
 
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE:
 
Public assistance will help repair public infrastructure. The state and local governments will each pay 12.5% of the costs and FEMA pays 75%. Local leaders are to contact the county emergency manager who in turn contacts NEMA with their needs.
 
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE:
 
Individual assistance helps businesses and individuals. It is usually difficult to qualify for individual assistance, but officials believe we will qualify when considering the number of homes that received major damage. A number of factors are considered, such as the insurance held and level of income. If Nebraska qualifies, a FEMA specialist will be of assistance. Information would be distributed and an announcement would be made in the counties that the programs are available.
 
As we wait to find out what assistance is available through FEMA, NEMA officials gave the following advice:
 
  • Document your losses – pictures, damage estimate, etc.
  • Contact your insurance agency – determine what you may be eligible for
  • Get legal paperwork together – mortgage, deeds, etc.
  • Document your income levels
 
 

*******Updated information above 3/18/2019 at 4:45 PM*******

The following services will serve as resources to contact if you have been affected during the recent flood:

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE:

Farmers and ranchers impacted by the flood and in need of hay, feed stuffs, fencing materials, volunteer help, equipment, etc. – call 1-800-831-0550. Persons wanting to donate any of the above can call the same number.

More disaster relief resources for farmers and ranchers available at: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/resources/

LIVESTOCK:

Livestock Indemnity Program – a USDA-FSA disaster assistance program that helps producers recoup losses experienced by adverse weather events. Notify local FSA office of livestock losses within 30 days and document losses.
Emergency Livestock Assistance Program – another USDA-FSA disaster assistance program that covers some livestock losses that do not fall under LIP. It may financially assist with livestock feed losses, such as bales that are destroyed in the flood.

Emergency Conservation Program – can provide some cost-share assistance to rehabilitate farmland and pasture damaged by natural disasters and help restore fences. Contact your local FSA county office.

NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU:

Disaster Relief Fund – provides emergency aid to farmers, ranchers and rural communities affected by storms and flooding. Apply at: www.nefb.org/index.php…

Persons can donate to Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation or at: www.nefbfoundation.org/ways-to-give/disaster-relief-fund
Agriculture Disaster Exchange – where Farm Bureau members can seek and offer help at: www.nefb.org/ag-disaster-exchange

VETERANS:

Veterans affected by flooding – contact your County Veteran Service Officer to see if qualify for food, clothing and emergency housing

GENERAL ASSISTANCE:

For help with home clean-up, cutting trees, removing drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture and appliances or other physical labor-type jobs – call the Crisis Clean Up Hotline at (833) 566-2476 or (402) 556-2476 to get on a needs list

For assistance with food, shelter, clothing and personal goods – call 211

DONATIONS:

Monetary donations – Nebraska/SW Iowa Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund www.redcross.org/local/nebraska.html

Livestock feed (hay drive) – Curt Zimmerer, Verdigre (402) 841-2835

Sen. Tim Gragert

District 40
Room 11th Floor
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2801
Email: tgragert@leg.ne.gov
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