FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers opening in Crete, Madison and Columbus in May

CRETE – The State of Nebraska and FEMA will be opening Disaster Recovery Centers in Madison, Platte and Saline counties. The Saline County location will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Crete. It’ll be open May 2-6 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Eagles Club Post 1834 in Columbus is the Platte County location, open May 6-10 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Madison County Auditorium will also house a recovery center from May 13-17, open the same hours as the other two.

At the centers, recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications.

FEMA media relations manager Bob Howard says these relief centers provide critical assistance for those seeking flood relief.

“It’s important for people if they’ve been impacted by the disaster, and are going to need assistance,” Howard said. “The first important thing to do is register for assistance. Once they register, the disaster recovery centers can be the most help for them. It’s a chance to take care of any missing information or other things they might need to get the help they need.”

People in need can register at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. More ways to register can be found here.

Centers are equipped with captioned phones, video remote interpreting and assistive listening devices. Nebraska homeowners, renters and business owners in 27 counties and Santee Sioux Nation may apply for assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding.

Several other disaster recovery centers are still open across the state.

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