There is less than a week remaining for survivors to register for disaster assistance after the winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding in March. The deadline to apply is June 19th, 2019 for both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance grants and the low interest loans from the U.S. small business administration (SBA).

FEMA disaster grants for qualified homeowners and renters may help pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable, provide temporary rental assistance and provide assistance for serious disaster related needs not covered by insurance.

After registering for disaster assistance with FEMA, survivors may be referred to the SBA to apply for a low-interest disaster loan. SBA disaster loans provide the largest source of long-term federal disaster recovery funds for homeowners, renters, business owners and private nonprofits.

 

There are multiple ways to register:

- Online, visit DisasterAssistance.gov

- On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on "disaster resources," then "apply for assistance online."

- By phone, call FEMA's toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).

 

The deadline for local governments, tribal nations and nonprofit organizations, such as houses of worship, to register for FEMA public assistance is June 20, 2019. FEMA reimburses eligible applicants for the eligible costs for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair or restoration of disaster-damaged public buildings. The program also encourages mitigation measures to protect these damaged facilities from future natural disasters.

For any SBA disaster assistance questions or application information, residents and businesses can visit sba.gov/disaster, call SBA's customer service center at 800-877-8339 (TTY).

For more information on Nebraska's disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4420