Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy says he’s not worried that the hurricane in the East Coast will deprive Nebraska of the federal emergency funding it needs to recover from this summer’s flooding and other natural disasters. Hurricane Elaine spawned massive flooding in the East, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.
Sheehy says Nebraska has many requests for federal emergency assistance pending.
“Right now, we have 17 disaster declarations open, just for the state of Nebraska,” according to Sheehy. “But, because of the other disasters that have gone on around the country, we have seen the funding coming in slower, just because they’re having to process (so many requests).”
Homeland security funding is a different matter, says Sheehy. As Lt. Governor, Sheehy serves as the state Director of Homeland Security. He says Nebraska has received approximately $120 million the last ten years in homeland security funding. Sheehy says the state has been made aware that homeland security aid would be diminishing and had emphasized to various agencies to create sustainable budgets with state and local funding and not to reply on federal money.