Nebraska Floods & Disaster Response
The Nebraska Synod is coordinating with Lutheran Disaster Response to prepare for recovery efforts following March's flooding and blizzard.
Individuals and congregations wanting to support the cleanup efforts, can send donations to the Nebraska Synod Disaster Fund. If you give by check, please include “Nebraska Floods” in the memo line and mail it to:
Nebraska Synod ELCA
6757 Newport Avenue, Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68152
You can also give online at https://nebraskasynod.org/giving/give-now.html.
Click on the fourth option, "Hunger & Disaster," then scroll down the list to Hunger & Disaster, and enter your donation amount in the line for Synod Disaster Fund.
Resources for Those Impacted
Flood Assistance /Resources:
Farmers in need of hay, feed stuffs, fencing materials, volunteer help, equipment, etc. should call the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at: 1-800-831-0550.
Businesses can call the U.S. Chamber’s Disaster Help Desk for Business at 1-888-692-4943.
211 is a free, community resources hotline with multilingual access. You can dial or text 211 and be connected with a trained operator to help assess your needs, provide information and offer referrals to human services for your everyday needs and times of crisis. Hours are Monday-Friday 7am-8pm and Saturday 8am-5pm.
Realtors Disaster Relief Effort: The Nebraska REALTORS® Association and the Home Buyer's Assistance Foundation have partnered with the REALTORS® Relief Foundation to help with mortgage payment assistance or rental cost due to displacement for up to $1000 for those affected by the Nebraska flood. More information and application on webpage.
AFTER THE STORM– A Healing Book and Workbook for Children and Adults Whose Lives Have Been Affected by Severe Weather.
Nebraska Energy Office: Emergency Dollar and Energy Saving Loans & Weatherization Assistance for Low-Income Households
Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska is the recipient of grant funds from Farm Aid and the Center for Rural Affairs totaling $30,000.00. Beginning April 15 they will begin taking applications for $500.00 block grants to farmers and ranchers affected by the blizzard and flooding in March. To access this assistance farmers and ranchers must complete an application by phone at the Rural Response Hotline (800)464-0258. This is a simple, straight forward application process. All applications will be reviewed by a review panel. Awards will be made within 10 days of receiving the application. Farmers and ranchers who have lost personal or household property from the blizzard or flooding are eligible to apply.
For organizations looking for volunteers or those interested in hosting volunteer opportunities, please contact the 2-1-1 AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordination Team at 402-235-8262 weekdays from 7 am to 8 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm or by email at email@example.com.
Questions & Answers about FEMA Disaster Assistance click this link.
The Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund is providing financial assistance on a statewide basis to needy or distressed cattle producers in Nebraska impacted by Winter Storm Ulmer/Bomb Cyclone. Applications for relief must be postmarked by May 31, 2019.
Disaster Recovery Centers are operating, or are scheduled to begin operation, in areas affected by the winter storm and flooding. More centers continue to be announced. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications. To find the nearest DRC visit: FEMA.gov/DRC, or textDRC along with a ZIP code to 43362 or call the Disaster Assistance Helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
Resources for Volunteers
United Way of the Midlands, in conjunction with AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams, is partnering with voluntary and faith-based organizations to host statewide flood relief volunteer opportunities. These opportunities will be listed on United Way of the Midlands’ Get Connected Volunteer Platform at this link. For flood relief volunteer opportunities, look for the white heart in the blue circle icon. For current information volunteers can also dial 2-1-1 and press 6 to learn about flood relief volunteer opportunities. If calling from outside Nebraska, please call 402-444-6666 before pressing 6. An operator will be available to assist you weekdays from 7 am to 8 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 5 pm.
For current information, volunteers can also dial 2-1-1 and press 6 to learn about flood relief volunteer opportunities. If calling from outside Nebraska, please call 402-444-6666 before pressing 6. An operator will be available to assist you weekdays from 7 am to 8 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 5 pm.
Region II Human Services along with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center will be offering Psychological First Aid (PFA) training in North Platte, NE. on May 30th and 31st from 8-5pm. May 30th will be the training that is open to anyone. The training on May 31st will be the training of trainers (TOT). TOT is for those interested in becoming a certified facilitator to provide PFA training in their communities. Registration deadline is May 20, 2019. To register for the trainings please click on this link. There is no cost for the trainings, but registration is required. For those interested in becoming a trainer, you must register and attend both trainings. Psychological First Aid is an evidence based supportive behavioral intervention to assist individuals in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism. PFA was built on the concept of human resilience, to help survivors in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event, crisis, or natural disaster. PFA can help everyone—children, adolescents, adults, elders, and families.
*Tracking volunteer hours is crucial in the recovery process. Wherever you volunteer, please complete a Volunteer Registration Form and sign in and out to capture the total hours of service at each opportunity.
Resources for Congregations
Latest News For Flood Response
Thursday, April 25
The Nebraska Synod continues to partner with Lutheran Disaster Response and Lutheran Family Services during disaster relief and recovery efforts. Additional partners include people like you who are reading this email, interested in how you can serve your neighbors who have been impacted by the flooding and blizzard.
The Synod is looking for congregations interested in being a prayer partner with a congregation impacted by the disaster. If your congregation would like to serve in this way, please contact Lisa Kramme with the Synod’s Disaster Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prayer partners will lift up the impacted congregation/community in prayer and reach out to them with offers of compassionate listening, encouragement, etc., More information and suggestions for support will be shared with those who are prayer partners.
Staying informed during a time when information is updated frequently is helpful to those seeking assistance and to those supporting people seeking assistance. The Nebraska Synod’s website features a page specifically sharing updates on resources for those impacted, resources for volunteers, and resources for congregations. To stay updated and share updates with others, please click here. This page is updated twice weekly. If you are looking for resources or ways to serve that currently aren’t listed on this website, please contact the Nebraska Synod Office at 402-896-5311 to be put in touch with someone to assist you.
Join us online for a webinar on emotional and spiritual care following a natural disaster to be held Wednesday, May 15 from 1:30-2:30pm Central Time. Rev. Michael Stadie, Program Director with Lutheran Disaster Response, will lead the presentation, and there will be time for questions from participants. If you can’t be part of the live webinar, it will be recorded for access later. To register for this free webinar, click here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Thank you for your continued prayerful interest in disaster recovery. Your support is so important and a powerful example of being church together for the sake of the world.