Although spring has just arrived, flood waters have already carved a destructive path through Iowa and Nebraska communities, leaving many in recovery mode. While the road to community restoration can be long and hard, federal and state disaster relief programs provide an opportunity to expedite the process. To receive the maximum funding available, communities must work to track and document all losses accrued during a disaster; a process that can be tedious and a bit overwhelming.
To help you begin the process, here are some of our top tips for tracking disaster losses during and after a flood event.
Declare a State of Emergency
If you have not already done so, your community will need to declare a state of emergency ASAP. This declaration activates special funding mechanisms created specifically for disaster relief. As of March 18, 2019, over half all counties in Nebraska and a large portion of Iowa have declared an emergency.