Two Disaster Recovery Centers operated by the state of Nebraska and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are now open. Alex Contreras, Public Information Officer for the Small Business Association, says these recovery centers are set up to assist those affected by flooding.
Contreras says the Small Business Administration is assisting by providing low interest loans to those who qualify. Those associated with agriculture are also urged to apply for a low interest loan for their personal property or homes. Applications for business losses should be filed with the USDA. He hopes there will be representatives from that agency available at the two recovery centers to assist farmers and ranchers.
The first step is to contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to register for assistance. Victims will need to provide their Social Security number, pre-disaster address, description of loss, contact information, income information and insurance and banking information. Victims will then be given an identification number and they will use that from now on.
Contreras says it is important to fill out an SBA loan application even if you don’t plan on using it. That could be the key to getting grants that do not have to be paid back. SBA loans are processed within ten business days and distributed about five days later. He says this can be extremely helpful to those who are in a dispute with an insurance company. These loans get money into the hands of those who need it the most right away and if an insurance payment is resolved it can be used to help pay off the loan.
The two Disaster Recovery Centers are located in Blair at the Washington County Courthouse. That center will be open Monday – Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm. A mobile Disaster Recovery Center is also opening in Tekamah at the City Auditorium. That center is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am until 7 pm.