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16 Nebraska Counties Added to Disaster Declaration

The major disaster declaration for the State of Nebraska has been amended to include 16 counties adversely affected by the event declared a major disaster by President Barack Obama in his declaration of June 25. Damage assessments on the additional 16 counties were completed after the initial request was submitted. The newly added counties are: Adams, Arthur, Box Butte, Clay, Dawes, Fillmore, Hamilton, Hayes, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Seward, Sioux, Wayne and. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts received notification Friday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that the additional counties had been added to the disaster declaration. The declaration was made following severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from May 6 to June 17.

NEMA, Lt. Governor’s Office announce 10th Annual Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference

The Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Council announced the line-up for the 2015 Nebraska Infrastructure Protection Conference (NIPC) in which Nebraska businesses, private industry and nonprofit representatives are encouraged to participate, Sept. 1-2, at the LaVista Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway.

The two-day conference will kick off September as National Preparedness Month by focusing on various topics pertaining to security and preparedness including several presentations on cyber security and cyber-incident response, threat assessments, active shooter events, fuel transportation safety, climate change and its effect on infrastructure, built infrastructure stability and lessons learned from private sector companies to current events such as recent rioting.

President Approves Federal Disaster Declaration for Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, Flooding from May 6 to June 17

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts received notification Thursday from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials that President Barack Obama approved a request for a presidential disaster declaration for parts of Nebraska impacted by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from May 6 to June 17.

The president, through FEMA, issued a public assistance declaration that provides assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities in the following counties: Cass, Dundy, Gage, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lincoln, Morrill, Nuckolls, Otoe, Saline, Saunders, and Thayer. The declaration allows federal emergency funding to be used in providing assistance to state and local governmental agencies and some nonprofit organizations. It also includes federal funding on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties in the state.