Nebraska Floods & Disaster Response
Latest News: The evening of July 8, rains of up to 9 inches fell across central Nebraska. Already saturated by above average moisture since the March bomb cyclone, the ground couldn't absorb much more. The area south of I-80 also received crop-damaging hail. Towns, fields, homes, and businesses flooded. Roads are impassable, closed, or washed away. Sandbagging and evacuations are under way in some communities as the rivers and creeks swell after the deluge. Late planting this spring, years of low commodity prices, and now flooding are combining to create significant economic concerns in both town and countryside.
Synod staff are in touch with ministers and leaders in the impacted area. The synod’s disaster team will be meeting to consider needs, resources, and responses to this latest flood. Your prayers for the people impacted and for favorable weather are appreciated. As the waters recede and recovery assistance needs become known, more information will be available here and on the synod social media pages.
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.
Be mindful that it is not uncommon for individuals and organizations to appear in the aftermath of disasters to solicit funds for less-than-legitimate purposes. Be sure to confirm that efforts to which you contribute are reputable and are accountable for their use of donations. When in doubt, contact the synod office, Lutheran Disaster Response or its local affiliate, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, or an agency like Charity Navigator for more information.
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.
*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 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.
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.
Disaster resources related to the needs of children and their caregivers (in English & Spanish)
Resources for Congregations
Emotional & Spiritual Care in Disasters Course at the Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center on July 16-17, 2019
Grief Following Trauma Course at the Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center on July 18-19, 2019
Latest News For Flood Response
Thursday, June 13
This week marks three months since the bomb cyclone hit the Midwestern United States with its accompanying blizzards and floods. Earlier this week, a person in Fremont shared with frustration, “Some people think disaster work is done.”
Disaster work in fact is not done, but it has changed from immediate disaster response to long-term disaster recovery, and recovery work will be going on for four to five more years. How can you be involved in these efforts?
Long-term disaster recovery groups are currently at various stages of being formed, and their work will in most cases include case management, construction management, and volunteer coordination. These teams are largely made up of volunteers who work together to serve their neighbors impacted by the disaster, and teams are currently in the following Nebraska counties: Antelope, Buffalo, Burt, Cass, Cuming, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Hall, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Platte, Sarpy, Stanton, Thurston, and Washington.
If you or someone you know feels called to support a long-term recovery group with time, talents, or financially, please contact Lisa Kramme at 402-896-5311 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.