Adams County declares state of emergency following devastating storms


HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – Adams County has declared a state of emergency following damage from storms earlier this month.

The high winds and tornadoes that Adams County experienced on December 15, 2021 resulted in significant financial losses across the county. Significant damage to the power supply, including poles and power lines across much of Adams County, led to the statement.

While individual assistance is unlikely to be available through FEMA, a state proclamation is expected on Tuesday. The state’s statement will open up additional funding streams, including low-interest SBA loans and other potential avenues to seek help. Public assistance will be made available for infrastructure damage through FEMA.

Extract from FEMA Policy Manual, “EMA’s public assistance program provides additional grants to state, tribal, territorial and local governments, as well as certain types of private non-profit organizations so that communities can quickly respond and recover. disasters or major emergencies. FEMA also encourages the protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for risk mitigation measures during the recovery process.

The state of emergency for Adams County encompasses the entire region, towns and villages of Adams County.

Homeowners who have sustained damage to their property, home, siding, and roof are encouraged to contact their insurance agency and schedule repairs as soon as possible. With product shortages, upcoming winter conditions, and labor shortages, the time to repair your damage may take longer than normal.

As a reminder, before signing repair contracts, homeowners should check references, liability insurance, and designate a completion date. Do not pay contractors up front and make sure your insurer approves repairs and the contractor before authorizing any work.

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