Disaster Relief Effort
Excerpts from comments made by Patricia Brach, Public Information Officer, for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the news conference held Tuesday, June 1:
On the assistance being provided by her organization:
So far, we've had 283 people register for assistance. Registering is very important for a number of reasons. One is that it is the only way to get into the system. That includes voluntary organizations' help, state help and small business administration help, as well as FEMA's. So we tell people to please call the toll-free number of 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). That is also your help line. Any questions? Call that number to get answers. If your situation changes, call that number to update your situation. Regarding insurance ... you might not have the coverage that you thought you had, you might not have "alternative living" coverage which would address your immediate housing needs. Please, let FEMA know what's going on in your life and especially your long-term plans. It's going to take a while to rebuild all of these homes. We've had 283 who've registered, and we also had 178 people come to the disaster recovery center to get additional questions answered. We have specialists there from the IRS, crisis counseling, numerous state agencies and voluntary organizations that can help answer questions.
We've opened up the disaster recovery center in Cortland, 530 Lincoln, and we're also opening up a mobile disaster recovery center in Cass County at the Cass County Fairgrounds north of Weeping Water. That will be open Wednesday at noon until 7 p.m., as well as Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Lancaster County Emergency Management
575 S. 10th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508