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FEMA teams canvassing disaster counties to help survivors

Posted: 10:16 AM, Mar 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-25 15:20:23Z
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Outreach teams from FEMA will begin canvassing Nebraska communities to help impacted Nebraskans affected by the flooding register for federal disaster assistance.

The teams, known as Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams, are working in counties designated as federal disaster areas to help residents register for help and to quickly identify and address immediate and emerging needs.

Residents in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties are eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance.

To register for assistance, you can click here . You can also call FEMA's toll-free registration line at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

FEMA has some tips on how to safeguard against fraud:
- Ask to see ID badges - All FEMA representatives wear a federal photo ID badge. A FEMA shirt or jacket is not absolute proof of identity. If you encounter anybody you are uncomfortable with, contact local law enforcement.

- Beware of people going door-to-door - People knocking on doors at damaged homes or phoning homeowners claiming to be building contractors could be con artists, especially if they ask for personal information.

- FEMA does not have "approved" contractors - Beware of contractors who say they are affiliated with FEMA. Don't sign anything you don't understand, or contracts with blank spaces.