• Individual Assistance Available Until June 19 for Nebraskans

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    May 31, 2019
    Individual Assistance Available Until June 19 for Nebraskans
    At the request of Governor Pete Ricketts, homeowners, renters and business owners in Nebraska designated counties have until June 19 to register for federal assistance. See News Release.
    US Small Business Administration (SBA) loan deadline has also been extended to June 19, 2019. Business owners and residents can visit SBA.gov/disaster, call SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. TTY users may call 800-877-8339.
    Help Remains After Disaster Recovery Centers Close
    Now that the DRCs have closed, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away. Individuals and businesses in counties included in the disaster declaration can still get help by:
    Logging into their account at DisasterAssistance.gov.
    Calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) 
    (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
    Downloading the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.
    For more information on Nebraska’s disaster recovery, visit http://nema.nebraska.gov.
    If you registered for disaster assistance, stay in touch with FEMA. Missing or outdated information, such as phone numbers or addresses, can delay help.
    Rural Housing Preservation Grant
    The Housing Preservation Grant – HPG program is a grant program which provides qualified public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, which may include but not be limited to, Faith-Based and Community Organizations, and other eligible entities grant funds to assist very low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes in rural areas. In addition, the HPG program assists rental property owners and cooperative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available to low- and very low-income persons. The deadline to apply is July 9, 2019.  For grant information go to:  Rural Housing Preservation Grant.
    Check Permit Requirements Before Rebuilding
    It is important for Nebraskans to check with local building authorities about local or state permits before starting reconstruction. These may include building permits, floodplain development permits, permits for repair of septic systems, and others. See NEMA guidelines here. To find out what state permits may be required, please visit dnr.nebraska.gov/floodplain.
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