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Nebraska Continues to Support Texas

Daily coordination and planning calls between Emergency Support Function Coordinators at Nebraska State Agencies and partners continue as Nebraska works to support Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The State Watch Center at Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is monitoring Emergency Management Assistance Compact requests for resources in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Department of Health and Human Services is carrying out a limited activation of its Emergency Coordination Center and the Nebraska National Guard Joint Operations Center has expanded its staffing and hours of operation.

Nebraska Military Department

The Nebraska National Guard is supporting the ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas with UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters and crews from units based in Lincoln and Grand Island. Twenty-three soldiers initially deployed and the National Guard is standing by to provide additional equipment and soldiers to Texas. Pictures are available on the National Guard Facebook and Twitter pages at:

Nebraska Task Force the Nebraska urban search and rescue team out of Lincoln Fire and Rescue, has been activated and deployed under federal authority.

Pictures and information are available on the NETF1 social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at:

Attorney General Doug Peterson reminds Nebraskans to donate wisely and avoid charities scams following Hurricane Harvey. He urges that people make sure they are working with reputable charitable organizations so contributions go directly to those who are in need the most need.

If you suspect a charity scam, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at https://protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov  or call 800-727-6432. Additional giving tips may be found on the Attorney General’s website at https://protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov/donations.

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance is cautioning investors to watch for scams in wake of Hurricane Harvey.

People are urged to watch for red flags of hurricane-related scams, including unsolicited email, social media messages, crowdfunding pitches or telephone calls promoting investment pools or bonds to help storm victims, water-removal or purification technologies, electricity-generating devices and distressed real estate remediation programs.

The department offered three tips to help investors avoid disaster-related scams:

  • Delete unsolicited emails or social media messages and hang up on aggressive cold callers promoting hurricane-related investments, especially those from small companies touting unproven or new technologies or products.
  • Use common sense. Claims of guaranteed returns or low/no investment risk are classic red flags. Every investment involves some degree of risk.
  • Do your homework. Contact NDBF to check that both the seller and investment are licensed and registered. If not, they may be operating illegally.

More information about the laws governing the securities industry in Nebraska can be found on NDBF’s website at www.ndbf.nebraska.gov. If you have questions about any investment matters, call NDBF’s Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state.

Citizens interested in volunteering should reach out to the National VOAD volunteer registration at https://www.nvoad.org/hurricane-harvey/volunteer/. The American Red Cross has thousands of experienced American Red Cross volunteers and employees working around the clock to provide shelter and supplies to Gulf Coast residents affected by Harvey. Please remember that, when connecting with the Red Cross or other volunteer groups, check first to learn about current opportunities and when volunteers are needed—before traveling to the affected areas independently There are currently more than 30 volunteers who have deployed from Red Cross chapters in Nebraska.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Division has issued a regional declaration of emergency, providing for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, equipment and persons into or from the States of Texas and Louisiana.