Our community, and the greater Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa region, have witnessed historic flooding resulting in emergency evacuations, severe destruction to thousands of homes and local infrastructure, and the tragic loss of life.
We have been in touch with nonprofit partners throughout the region who are collecting donations for the ongoing flood recovery and response efforts.
If you are in need of Rapid Response – Emergency Support:
- For those with immediate needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, and personal goods, call 2-1-1. They are currently operating from 7:00am – midnight. More information can be found at http://211iowa.org/.
If you would like to make a donation, the following organizations are providing assistance to those in need:
- Rebuild the Heartland Fund
- American Red Cross
- United Way of the Midlands
- The Salvation Army
- Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
- Nebraska Farm Bureau specifically for Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities
- Habitat Omaha
- Nebraska Humane Society
- Nebraska Strong
If you would like to donate to a specific community in need:
- Mills County Flood Fund (IA)
- Fremont County Flood Fund (IA)
- Grand Island Community Foundation Central Nebraska Disaster Relief Fund (NE)
- Kearney Area Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund (NE)
- Custer Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund (NE)
- Merrick County Disaster Relief Fund (NE)
If you would like to drop off donated items:
- In Sarpy County, the City of Bellevue is working with Bellevue Christian Center to operate a Flood Distribution Center. They are in need of volunteers.
For support in the metro-area for flooding and water damage in homes:
- Nebraska Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Residents who need help with home cleanup, cutting trees, removing drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture and appliances or other physical labor-type jobs can call the Crisis Clean Up Hotline at (833) 566-2476 to get on a needs list.
- SHARE Omaha has volunteer needs and other updates on local nonprofits providing support for flood victims.
Other assistance and resources:
- If you’re in need of support, please talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor. Or, contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or the Nebraska Family Helpline at 1-888-866-8660.
- The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has put together a list of disaster relief resources for Nebraska farmers and ranchers seeking assistance due to severe weather. Farmers in need of hay, feed stuffs, fencing materials, volunteer help, equipment, etc. should call the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 1-800-831-0550.
- Information on road closures can be found on the Nebraska 511 and Iowa 511 maps or by dialing 511.
- The Nebraska and Iowa State Patrols Helpline is available 24 hours a day for motorists in need of assistance. Dial *55 from any cell phone or 911 in an emergency.
- Businesses can call the U.S. Chamber’s Disaster Help Desk for Business at 1-888-692-4943.
- Nebraska Emergency Management Association (NEMA) has set up a hotline for general questions from the public. The number is 402-817-1551.
- The Nebraska Strong website has been set up to connect Nebraskans with flood relief needs to those in the public who can help.
- Iowa Disaster Relief Case Management
- Iowa Specific Disaster Relief Resources