LINCOLN — Survivors have until Friday, Sept. 13 to register for disaster assistance after the winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding in March.
This deadline to applies to both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance grants and the low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
At the request of Gov. Pete Ricketts, FEMA extended the incident period in which disaster-caused damage may be covered. The presidential disaster declaration issued March 21 originally covered the period from March 9 to April 1. With the extension, additional uninsured damage sustained through July 14 may now be eligible for FEMA assistance and SBA low-interest loans.
If you have already registered with FEMA for disaster related damage that occurred between March 9 and April 1 and your home received additional uninsured damage through July 14, you may be eligible for additional assistance. Contact the FEMA help line at 800-621-3362 and report the additional damage.
FEMA disaster assistance for qualified homeowners and renters, may help pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable, provide temporary rental assistance and aid with serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
The only way to receive Federal assistance is to register with FEMA.
Registration is quick and easy. You can choose one of three ways to register for federal disaster assistance before the Sept. 13 deadline:
• Go online to www.disasterassistance.gov.
• Call the FEMA help line at 800-621-3362. Phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are on duty.
• Use FEMA’s disaster app on your smartphone. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, you can go to www.fema.gov/mobile-app.
After applying with FEMA, some survivors may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Low-interest disaster loans from SBA are available for eligible survivors. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, nonprofits, homeowners and renters, fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.
For any SBA disaster assistance questions or application information, residents and businesses can visit http://www.SBA.gov/disaster call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or 800-877-8339 (TTY).
Homeowners, renters and businesses in Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Buffalo, Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Cuming, Custer, Dawson, 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 may be eligible for assistance.
For more information on Nebraska’s disaster recovery, visit www.nema.nebraska.gov.