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Recovery Continuing in Nebraska Communities Affected by Storms

Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency within storm impacted areas of the state. The proclamation allows for a state response in support of local governments. Gov. Rickets surveyed storm damage on a flight Saturday following the storms that started in western Nebraska, June 12 and continued across the state until June 16. Tornadoes and straight-line winds caused significant damage in many communities and rural areas. He also met with community leaders in Bayard and Plattsmouth on Saturday, June 17.

Local Emergency Management

Following a disaster the best place to get information on response in individual communities is through the County Emergency Management Agency. County emergency management directors work with communities on response and will have the most up-to-date information on the response because all disasters occur at the local level. The state provides assistance to local entities when they have exhausted their resources. In turn, the state may apply for federal assistance when its ability to respond has reached its limit.

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

NEMA staff is tracking and gathering information from local emergency managers regarding damage from more than 30 counties affected by the severe weather pattern that started with tornadoes in western Nebraska and continuing across the state until Friday night’s storm on the eastern portion of the state.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Guidance for coordination and management of debris following a natural disaster is available on the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality website at: http://deq.ne.gov/NDEQProg.nsf/OnWeb/Disaster .

Proper and planned management of natural disaster debris will be beneficial in preventing a threat to human health and the environment, and will also expedite recovery efforts in an impacted area.

Department of Health and Human Services

Eastern Nebraska residents in areas impacted by Friday’s (June 16) tornados and storms who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can apply to replace food lost during electrical outages by contacting the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service offices has webpages that feature information on the storms that have struck the state:

June 16:  http://www.weather.gov/oax/event_archive_20170616

June 13:  http://www.weather.gov/oax/event_archive_20170613

June 13:  http://www.weather.gov/gid/june132017svr

June 12:  http://www.weather.gov/cys/06122017TornadoOutbreak

Photos of damage are available at:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/nema.page/photos/?ref=page_internal