Past Recovery Projects
Recovery from extensive storm damage takes time. Nebraska Strong means accepting assistance when it is offered and being strong enough to ask for help when you need it. Stay connected with others and be gentle on yourself during this stressful time. If you are storm survivor or have been helping with the response/recovery, remember to take time to do something relaxing and fun with other people.
Many areas of Nebraska are recovering from storms and floods. The heroic phase of disaster response (sandbagging and people pulling together) is often followed by a period of disillusionment (disappointment with aid and coping with clean up). Reconstruction takes time - and can be stressful. Whether you live on a farm or in a city/town, for confidential assistance please call the Nebraska Rural Response HOTLINE 1-800-464-0258.
The Nebraska Strong Project activities end March 19, 2012 in all Nebraska Counties but Thurston County and the lands of the Omaha Tribe. The project is modifying it's name to reflect its focus on the Omaha Reservation land. Ne'bthaska is the Omaha word for "flat water" so the project is now known as Nibthaska Strong: Umonhon; Flood Recovery Project. The Rural Response Hotline Number is still active and will continue to serve as a resource for the project area and all of Nebraska for stress and distress related to flood recovery.
2011 Storms and Floods -- Nebraska Strong: Flood Recovery ProjectFunded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered through a partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Several areas of Nebraska experienced storm damage the spring of 2008. Below is a list of resources that were helpful during this stressful time.
Nebraska applied for and received funding through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Emergency Response Grant (SERG) to address the emerging behavioral health needs related to this tragedy. Grant activities were coordinated by Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare in Omaha, NE, with technical assistance and oversight provided by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.
To talk to someone about what you are experiencing related to this tragedy, please call the Boys Town national hotline: 1-800-488-3000
Here are links to information that may be helpful:
2006 The Reaching Out Nebraska project ended its services on December 31, 2006. Reaching Out Nebraska had been providing outreach and assistance to former residents of the Gulf-area who have relocated to Nebraska in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
Funding for the Reaching Out Nebraska project was provided by FEMA to the State of Nebraska through Region Six Behavioral Health Care, a political subdivision of the State of Nebraska based in Omaha.
Although the Reaching Out Nebraska project has ended, individuals may contact the Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska Rural Response hotline for information about further assistance at 1-800-464-0258.
2005 The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), in conjunction with their Katrina Aid Today (KAT) program, awarded a grant to Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska (IMN) to provide case management services for survivors of the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes who have relocated in Nebraska.
March 19, 2005 - The C.A.R.I.N.G. Communities Project participated in the 2005 Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium in Lincoln, which featured a display, a gathering room for people affected by the May 2004 storms, two panel presentations of storm survivors, and a presentation to storm spotters about stress.
The project concluded on August 30, 2005.