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Nebraska Strong: Red Cross Donations And Resources To Help Flood Victims In The Midwest

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Flooding Continues To Cause Devastation Across Midwest Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Nebraska has been devastated by the floods.

There are ways to help. Today the Red Cross is focused on Nebraska. Below are some resource you can use to donate and

UPDATE: $62K raised for Nebraska Strong Drive, Donations accepted until 11 p.m.
The Governor announced Friday is Nebraska Strong Day. On Friday from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m CT, call 1-844-278-8555 to make a donation to Red Cross flood relief efforts and help your fellow Nebraskans recover from this historic disaster. The phone line will only be staffed Friday from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Gov. unveils new "Nebraska Strong" relief website
• NEMA has set up a hotline for general questions from the public. The number is 402-817-1551.

• Nebraskans needing property cleanup can contact the Crisis Clean Up Hotline: 833-556-2476.

• Farmers in need of hay, feed stuffs, fencing materials, volunteer help, equipment, etc. should call the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 1-800-831-0550.

• Businesses can call the U.S. Chamber’s Disaster Help Desk for Business at 1-888-692-4943.

• Nebraskans who want to volunteer should call the Salvation Army’s volunteer hotline at 402-898-6050 to register.

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From the Nebraska Extension Service:

Extension is committed to helping Nebraska recover from this disaster,” said Chuck Hibberd, dean of Nebraska Extension. “Our team of statewide experts is available to offer assistance with immediate needs and will be there every step of the way for as long as it takes.”

Those affected by the flood are likely unsure of where to begin. Extension encourages individuals returning to homes and properties to first take steps to ensure their safety. When a home or building is flooded, there is likely damage to the structure. Buildings need to be thoroughly dried, and before drinking water it is critical to test domestic wells for bacteria. Also, be cautious when working in and around contaminated floodwater.

Extension has compiled a list of the state’s certified public health environmental laboratories where homeowners can obtain a water test kit. This information is available on Nebraska Extension’s flood resources website, https://flood.unl.edu, which serves as a resource hub for families, homeowners, businesses and producers facing flood cleanup. New and updated information will be added to the site on an ongoing basis.

Tips for homeowners facing food-safety concerns after the flood can also be found on the flood resources website. This includes guidelines to help people decide when to throw out food and how to disinfect food that can be saved. For instance, screw-topped or crimp-topped jars or bottles of food that have come into contact with floodwaters should be thrown out, even when the jars have not been opened.

Extension is also a resource for those wanting to help flood victims. The Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead and Haskell Ag Lab near Concord are serving as donation locations for hay (large bales) and fencing materials for livestock owners and managers impacted by the flood. Those wishing to obtain the donated materials should contact the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

“We’re partnering with a number of state agencies and organizations to do what we can to help those who need it most,” Hibberd said. “We’re all in this together.”

For the latest flood resources from Nebraska Extension, visit the flood resources site or follow @UNLExension on Twitter.

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