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Deadline for federal flood aid approaching fast

Posted: 2:56 PM, Jun 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-12 20:04:44Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — If you, or someone you know suffered loss to a home or business...the deadline to apply for federal assistance is only a week away.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says June 19 will be the deadline to register for federal assistance from FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

FEMA disaster grants may help pay for basic repairs to homes, provide rental assistance and help cover disaster-related needs which insurance may not cover.

You can register:

  • 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.”

In order to apply, FEMA says you will need the following:

  • 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
  • Private insurance information, if available.

FEMA says those who register may be contacted by the SBA about a low-interest disaster loan.

Disaster loans can be applied for online at http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

You can also contact the SBA by phone or email at the following numbers/email:

  • 800-659-2955
  • 800-877-8339
  • disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

In a separate release, FEMA released this information concerning children disability claims:

Unprecedented and widespread natural disasters this spring have caused considerable hardships for many Nebraskans. In order to provide some relief during this difficult time, the Department of Health and Human Services is extending deadlines for children’s disability redetermination in affected parts of the state.

Children 17 years and younger living in an area designated as a FEMA disaster area between March 8, 2019, and September 8, 2019, who were scheduled to have a disability or institutional level of care redetermination during that time have been given redetermination date extensions. Benefits will continue during this extension. These extensions do not apply to initial institutional determinations for children or adults.

The dates are as follows:

Original Due Date
Extension Due Date
March 9 through April 30
October 31
May 1 through June 30
November 30
July 1 through September 9
December 31

A list of affected cities, counties and tribal areas can be accessed at http://nema.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/0bc3537ed2a145bba2ffbd37b54209ed[icm-tracking.meltwater.com] . As of May 30, all counties in Nebraska are affected, with the exceptions of Arthur, Chase, Dundy, Grant, Hays, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow and Thomas counties.

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