Blizzard/Flood Relief Resources and Information

Cities, Counties, and Tribes: FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) grant program provides federal assistance to government organizations and certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations following a Presidential disaster declaration. Click here for more. 
Agriculture: The Department of Agriculture has provided a list of disaster relief resources for farmers and ranchers in Nebraska. Including:  USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices located throughout the state The Livestock Indemnity Program and lost machinery programs are also available. The Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Cattlemen have also provided a portal for disaster assistance to help members of the ag community that have been affected by this storm. Click here for the Nebraska Farm Bureau assistance page and here for the Nebraska Cattlemen assistance page.
Businesses: As a result of the emergency declaration, Nebraska businesses can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans. These loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can help repair the damages to their businesses. The application filing deadline for physical damage is May 20, 2019. More information from the SBA’s fact sheet. Apply for a Disaster Loan Assistance here.  
This list of resources comes from Deb Fischer’s office.  

2019 Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) Application Guidelines Workshop

Free workshops to review the requirements for the 2019 NAHTF Application Guidelines.  The workshops will be held on:

  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 |  1:30pm – 4:00pm CST | Online via WebEx | Register
  • Monday, March 18, 2019 |  1:30pm – 4:00pm CST | La Vista Conference Center, La Vista, NE | Register
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019 |  10:00am – 12:3pm CST | Online via WebEx | Register

If you have any questions please contact:

Public Hearings for the Proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is conducting public hearings on the Proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan.  The Proposed 2019 Annual Action Plan describes program funding, national and state objectives, application schedules, eligible activities, and selection criteria for projects for the following programs: CDBGHOMEHTFESGHOPWAHSATF, and NAHTF.

Public Hearings are scheduled on:

March 13, 2019

  • North Platte | 9 a.m. CT | Nebraska Department of Labor, 600 E. Francis, Suite 9, North Platte, NE
  • Kearney | 2 p.m. CT | Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Ave., Kearney, NE
  • Scottsbluff | 2 p.m. MT | Lied Scottsbluff Public Library, 1809 3rd Avenue, Scottsbluff, NE

March 27, 2019

  • Norfolk | 9:30 a.m. CT | Norfolk Public Library, 309 N 5th St, Norfolk, NE 68701
  • Lincoln | 2:30 p.m. CT | Nebraska State Office Building, Lower Level A, 301 Centennial Mall South Lincoln, NE
  • Website Streaming | 2:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. MT | Register

The website streaming option is utilizing Webex software, if you are attending the public hearing through this method, please register in advance to receive the access code.  Registration is free.  

The Webex service may require use of a telephone to have access to the audio portion of the workshop.  Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for the workshop and a call in number.  This number will incur long distance charges.  If you do not want to incur these charges, please select the Call Me option when accessing the workshop.  This option will call you directly at the number you enter.

If you have any questions concerning the 2019 Proposed Annual Action Plan Public Hearing, please contact Rebecca Schademann at (402)471-3172, (800) 426-6505 or via email,

RESCHEDULED: 2019 Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund Qualified Allocation Plan Public Hearing

December 3, 2018 (LINCOLN, NEB.) – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with an executive order from President Donald J. Trump, announced that all State buildings will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, in memorial of President George H.W. Bush, who passed away this past Friday. Subsequently, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has rescheduled its public hearing for the Proposed 2019 Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund (NAHTF) Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The public hearing is rescheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. (CST) at DED, located at the State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska (Fourth Floor).


The public comment period for the 2019 NAHTF QAP is open until January 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (CST). The QAP can be accessed on the Department’s website at Copies of the QAP can also be obtained by contacting Pamela Otto at 800-426-6505, 402-471-4388 or


All mailed and emailed written comments must be received by close of business on January 2, 2019, addressed to: Pamela Otto, Housing Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, P.O. Box 94666, Lincoln, NE 68509-4666. Comments can be emailed to:


Individuals requiring sensory accommodations, including interpreter services, Braille, large print or recorded materials should contact Pamela Otto at 402-471-4388.


Los individuos no hablan Inglés y los individuos con discapacidad podrán solicitar las ayudas y servicios auxiliares necesarios para la participación de contacto con el Departamento de Desarrollo Económico PO Box 94666, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4666, o

Reprinted from a News Release from the Department of Economic Development