May 11 storm disaster declaration approved

Posted By: KLKN Newsroom

(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman received word today from the U.S. Small Business Administration that his request for an SBA disaster declaration has been approved. Several Nebraska counties were impacted by severe storms on May 11, 2014.

This declaration allows those who suffered losses from the storm in Seward County and the surrounding counties of Butler, Polk, Fillmore, Lancaster, Saline and York to be eligible for low-interest SBA loans.

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Nebraska residents and business owners affected by the severe weather and tornado that occurred on May 11, 2014, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today.  SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Dave Heineman on May 28.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the primary Nebraska county of Seward and the neighboring counties of Butler, Fillmore, Lancaster, Polk, Saline and York.

“The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Nebraska with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet.  “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Nebraska District Director Leon J. Milobar.  “Beginning Tuesday, June 3, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Milobar continued.  The center will be open on the days and times indicated.  No appointment is necessary.

Seward County

Fire Barn (Beaver Crossing V.F.D.)

699 West Street

(Intersection of West Street and Dimery Avenue)

Beaver Crossing, NE 68313

Mondays through Fridays, 9am to 5pm

Closes: Thursday, June 19

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing  Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.  For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is July 29, 2014.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 2, 2015.