Thousands Risk Losing Disaster Aid If They Miss FEMA Deadline

NEBRASKA CITY – Thousands of Nebraskans are at risk of losing qualifications for disaster assistance if they do not register with FEMA by a May 21 deadline.

Nearly  4,000 Nebraskans have already registered, but FEMA Specialist Renee Bafalis said the registration process is just now getting into full operations.

Bafalis: “If you have had any damages as a result of the floods, we ask you to register. You’ve got 60 days from the day the disaster was declared, that will be May 21st. If you registered before then, we will have an inspector come out, document your damages and move forward.”

Flood survivors can register by calling the Fema help line at 800-621-3362, at the website disaster or at an official disaster recovery center. Flood survivors include property owners, renters and displaced workers.

Bafalis: “Anyone who has any type of damages needs to register. If, indeed, your are a displaced worker but you did not have any damages, you are eligible for disaster unemployment assistance through the state.”

People who have flood insurance should call their insurance company and Fema. They may be eligible for assistance not covered by insurance.

Bafalis: “There are thousands of people in Nebraska that have been affected by these floods. We really encourage them to register for assistance, because, if they don’t register by that deadline, they will not be eligible for any type of assistance from the federal government.”

There are currently disaster recovery centers at the Plattsmouth Community Center in Cass County and the Fremont County Emergency Management Office in Sidney, Iowa.