Omaha Public Radio News
12:01 am
Mon August 11, 2008

Disaster assistance application deadline approaching

Omaha, NE – There's only one week left to apply for federal disaster assistance following a string of severe thunderstorms and floods.

People affected by severe weather from May 22nd to June 24th have until next Tuesday to apply for aid from FEMA. The agency is offering individual assistance to help homeowners and renters repair their properties. Also, public assistance is available to help local governments repair or rebuild infrastructure.

FEMA spokesman Kim Pease says the only way to apply for assistance is to call 1-800-621-3362 or to log on to www.fema.gov. Once that process is complete, an inspector will certify the damage within three to four days. Pease says applicants will then receive a letter detailing what to do next.

Nearly four million dollars in FEMA aid has been distributed so far to help with repair and recovery following the storms.

No individual assistance is available at this time for homeowners and renters whose properties were damaged in the June 27th storm that hit the Omaha metro area. Only public assistance, for infrastructure repairs, is available at this time.