Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Bryan Tuma tells the 840 KTIC Newsroom it’s doubtful the state will be able to quality for any assistance from FEMA for recent storm and water damage.
“Would we qualify for an individual assistance declaration from FEMA, I have to be honest with you, the thresholds are so high on that , I just don’t see our state is ever going to qualify,” said Tuma.
Tuma says the state is a long way from the threshold of $2.6-million in public infrastructure damage.
As far as assistance for individual private property owners, Tuma says “there are no programs that we administer that simply come in and provide direct dollars to folks to help them out. They’re going to have to look at insurance and volunteer organizations to look for assistance.”
He says anyone in need of assistance should contact their local government agency.
Bill Pook, emergency management director for Burt, Washington and Dodge Counties says he hasn’t received any information to indicate that he’ll be filing an emergency declaration.
Tuna says they do have the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster program (VOAD) where if local areas are overwhelmed, volunteers can play a critical role.