The American Red Cross of Nebraska & Southwest Iowa are welcoming donations right now.
You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS
Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
(NOTE: This is the GENERAL disaster relief fund. A specific Nebraska disaster relief fund is being worked on right now, and we’ll get you that information as soon as possible.)
The Salvation Army is also collecting donations to go toward flood relief efforts. Crews are working in the shelters in Norfolk, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa, organizing supplies in Fort Dodge, Iowa and organizing volunteers and supply transport in Omaha.
The organization is assisting at relief shelters and organizing donations to be distributed to evacuees. They are also organizing flood-cleanup kits and preparing for weekend flood possibilities.
Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska says they are accepting monetary donations to assist those affected by the horrific and ongoing flood/storm damage in Nebraska. Checks may be mailed to them at their administrative offices (2241 O St. Lincoln NE 68510) OR via their website. If donating by check, be sure to list “flood relief” in your check memo. If donating online, designate “flood relief” in the “specific designation for your gift” field.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau launched a disaster relief fund to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities affected by flooding.
The farm bureau has also opened the Agriculture Disaster Exchange portal. The online portal housed on the Nebraska Farm Bureau website allows members to share information, providing a place for those in need to make requests for assistance.
To donate or apply for aid from the Disaster Relief Fund, use the Agriculture Disaster Exchange portal or view other disaster assistance resources, visit www.nefb.org/disaster.
IRS TAX RELIEF
Even the IRS is giving victims of the Nebraska blizzard and flooding a break. Anyone who suffered flood damage in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, or Washington counties will have more time to file tax returns. The president’s disaster declaration extends any filing deadlines after March 9th until July 31st. It includes individual tax returns, quarterly estimated payments, and some payroll tax deposits. They can also make 2018 IRA contributions until then.
NATURAL RESOURCE DISTRICTS
Two Natural Resources Districts and an Omaha Laboratory are teaming up to test private wells affected by flood waters. The Lincoln-based Lower Platte South and Papillion based Papio-Missouri NRD’s will pay half the cost and Midwest Laboratories will absorb the other half. Midwest will test the samples for harmful bacteria and inform the owner if the well needs to be disinfected. Test kits can be picked up this coming Wednesday from the Sarpy-Cass Health Department in Papillion, the Louisville Senior Center, and the Waterloo Fire Department. The NRD’s say that testing should be done on every individual domestic well that was flooded before it’s used again as a drinking water source.
HY-VEE’S RELIEF EFFORTS
Hy-Vee is now offering all Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa customers a chance to donate any amount at the register or customer service counter to help with flood relief efforts. The grocery store chain promises to match every donation up to $50,000 and has also launched a fundraising campaign to benefit the American Red Cross of Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.
Our sister station, KZKX 96.9 will be holding a benefit show that will dedicate its profits to flooding victims. You can view more information about the concert here.
Our sister station, 104-1 The Blaze is teaming up with The Bourbon and Budweiser to present “Red Sun Rising – Buy a Bud – Fight the Flood!” Details here.
The Nebraska Preparedness Partnership is currently accepting donations. These donations will stay in Nebraska and will be used for these catastrophic flooding/blizzards. Call Sandra Hobson at 402-979-7207 or email her at [email protected] for more information.
You can offer help either monetarily, goods and services, or volunteering through Nebraska’s 211 service. Just dial 211 from any Nebraska phone or (866) 813-1731 out of state.
A list of reputable national and state organizations can be found on the Nebraska Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)’s website,www.nvoad.org. By giving to any of these organizations, donors can be sure that their funds will be distributed to those most in need.
If you have talents, tools, supplies, or monetary support you would like to offer – please contact Lori at (308) 380-1153 or [email protected].
Trinity Lutheran Church-Mo Synod is currently being set up as an emergency shelter for flood victims. They are asking for prepackaged food item donations. Trinity Lutheran Church wrote, “We CANNOT accept home made food of any kind!! Suggested food items are granola bars, chips, cookies, (in single serving size) as well as bottled water, shampoo, bar soap, blankets, towels, and shovels. All item need to be brought to United Way at 445 E 1st Street.”
The Grand Island Community Foundation has established a Disaster Relief Fund for Central Nebraska. Funds will be available for the local area to assist with relief related to the disastrous flooding seen in the Central Nebraska area. Those wishing to contribute to the fund can do that at www.gicf.org. GICF will be in contact with local communities to distribute the funds.
Flood waters were threatening Wood River on Friday and Hall county officials were asking for volunteers to help with sandbagging. The Hall County Emergency Management office had asked that volunteers park in downtown Wood River and report to Nelson Winkle at Wood River city hall. People with questions could contact the Wood River Fire Department at 308-583-2541.
CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES:
Catholic Social Services is holding an urgent bottled water drive for the Peru community. You can bring your donated bottled water to their location at
2241 O Street in Lincoln. The filled trailer is set to be delivered to Peru on Wednesday. CSS will be accepting donations of bottled water until 7:00 PM Tuesday.
LINCOLN RUSS’S MARKETS AND SUPER SAVERS
There are ‘Fill the Bus’ campaigns happening at all Lincoln Russ’s and Super Savers. Customers can help with flood relief by filling the buses with items needed by the Salvation Army. Currently, the main emphasis is for cleaning products such as household cleaners, bleach, brooms, and towels. Non-perishable food items needed include snack foods for relief workers.
COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP
Uninsured, low- to moderate-income homeowners affected by recent historic flooding in Saunders and rural Lancaster counties may be eligible to receive free repair and rehabilitation assistance from Community Action’s Weatherization Program. To complete an application, call (402) 875-9364 or go to https://bit.ly/2U2tqBw.
Midwest Unlimited is selling all pumps, hoses, generators and inverters at dealer costs. Midwest also supplies tow ropes, heavy duty clothing and boots, tools, equipment, road safety and much more (all at regular sale prices). For more information call Midwest Unlimited at (402) 434-5446. Located at 1750 West O Street in Lincoln, NE.
CUSTER COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:
KEARNEY AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:
VALLEY DAYS FOUNDATION:
Know of more ways to help? Let us know: [email protected].
For the latest updates of road closings visit: 511.nebraska.gov