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FLOOD VICTIM RESOURCES: Information for those who need help

 Flooding in Ashland, Neb. on Monday, March 18.
Flooding in Ashland, Neb. on Monday, March 18. (WOWT)
Published: Mar. 20, 2019 at 12:28 PM CDT
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Where to find answers about safety, available aid, and other information for those affected by the Heartland Flood.

Government assistance

President Trump declared a disaster

, and

, making federal funds available to state residents and businesses affected by floods.

APPLY:

| 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA)

[TTY is available at 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing and speech impaired.]

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

SBA Business Recovery Center

The Small Business Administration is opening a

in Bellevue on Wednesday, March 27th.

UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS:

FEMA has an FAQ about eligibility for

OTHER HELPFUL SITES:
Unemployment assistance
FEMA JOBS:

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FEMA is hiring local Nebraskans and Iowans interested in temporary job opportunities. Visit

, and search for "FEMA Local Hire" at your city, state, or ZIP Code.

IOWA:

Residents of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, and Woodbury counties

for

www.wowt.com/content/news/Unemployment-assistance-available-in-five-Iowa-counties-507621681.html">disaster unemployment assistance

(DUA).

MILLS COUNTY

A volunteer Resource center opened in Glenwood, Iowa a the GRC Flood Relief Site with volunteers to provide cleanup assistance for flood victims.

The center is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and homeowners can call 515-444-2444 to clarify their Crisis Cleanup status or set up cleanup assistance.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Unit works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance in the wake of disaster.

[Information also available in Spanish]
UPDATES:

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24/7 HOTLINE: Call 2-1-1

for help finding local services and resources in all languages.

WATER TESTING:
WHO'S THERE?

Infographic about who might be dropping by after a flood.

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CONTRACTOR CHECKLIST:
HOTLINE:

712-520-4000

If you do not reach someone immediately, please leave a message.

  • Apply for support: Applications to receive funds from this donation pool will be available at Mills County Public Health starting March 25; and will be posted online to the Mills County website.
FREE MEALS:

Free, hot meals are currently being served at the YMCA:

  • Breakfast is served from 7 to 9 a.m.
  • Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dinner is served from 4 to 7 p.m.
QUESTIONS & CONCERNS:

Contact Sheri Bowen at 712-527-0137

UPDATES:

Find out the current status of flooding, available resources, health and safety, the FEMA process, and next steps. [

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Food Banks & Pantries

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Nebraska DHHS
CHILD CARE PROVIDER GRANTS

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if they meet the following criteria:

  • The child care provider has been affected by the blizzard and/or flooding that occurred in March 2019.
  • The child care provider is a currently licensed Family Child Care Home, Child Care Center or a License Exempt Provider with a Child Care Subsidy Agreement.
  • The child care provider has not applied for this grant in the past year.

Grants are awarded in the following amounts:

  • License Exempt Providers: $500 maximum
  • Family Child Care Homes: $5,000 maximum
  • Child Care Centers: $10,000 maximum
TOOLS & DOCUMENTS:

IOWA GRANT PROGRAM:

The Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level or a maximum annual income of $41,560 for a family of three.

Applicants have until May 2 to submit a claim.

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Veterans Affairs
FLOOD ASSISTANCE:

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FIND SERVICES:
Food & water safety
Health information
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REMINDER:

Tetanus immunization is recommended for all adults every 10 years. Exposure to floodwaters doesn’t increase the risk of tetanus according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, if you get a severe wound or deep cut, check with your health care provider to see if you need a booster.

FORMS & DOCUMENTS

Clean-up information
HOTLINE:

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha and Rubicon, a disaster relief organization, are offering to help homeowners clean up from the flood, according to the Sarpy County Sheriff. Call the number below to be connected with reputable relief agencies who can assist with home cleanup, including cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, installing tarp roofs and more.

  • Crisis Clean Up Hotline: 1-833-556-2476
NEMA CLEAN-UP GUIDE:
OSHA:

Flood conditions contribute to the growth and transmission of many kinds of fungi, some of which can cause sickness. Cleanup workers are at increased risk of exposure to airborne fungi and their spores because they often handle moldy building materials, decaying vegetable matter, rotting waste material, and other fungus-contaminated debris.

GUIDE:
TIPS:
Consumer information
NEMA SCAM ALERT:
Animal assistance
MESSAGE BOARD:
PET FOOD PANTRY:

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Agricultural supportFEMA
DOWNLOAD:

Provides eligible farmers low-interest loans to help them recover from production and physical losses.

Provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather.

Producers who suffer losses to or are prevented from planting agricultural commodities not covered by federal crop insurance may be eligible for this program if the losses were due to natural disasters.

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
CROP SAFETY:

Find free hay, pasture, and other types of forage by calling 402-471-4876.

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AVAILABLE ANIMAL SHELTER:

has opened its facilities to farmers with livestock impacted by the floods.

To make arrangements:

DISASTER RELIEF FUND:

Provides emergency aid to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by recent storms and flooding. Priority will be given to efforts to restore health and safety in rural communities and to farm and ranch households that have been damaged or displaced by the natural disaster.

AGRICULTURE DISASTER EXCHANGE:

  • Clearinghouse:Check the message board
  • Get help now: If you need immediate assistance, call the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 1-800-831-0550.

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AWARENESS:

Don't forget to take care of your mental and emotional health, too. See this

to learn more about common reactions to a disaster, what a survivor can do to cope with these emotions, and where to seek additional help if needed.

CRISIS HOTLINE:

If you are experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster, the

, or SAMHSA, offers toll-free crisis counseling and support through the

.

  • Call 1-800-985-5990
  • Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746
IOWA HELP LINE:

The Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team, or DBHRT, is a trained team of volunteers who will respond to the mental health needs of Iowa residents following disasters and critical incidents. To request DBHRT assistance, contact the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Duty Officer, available 24/7, at 515-725-3231. [

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