Platte County Emergency Management

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05/09/2019

Platte County Election Commissioner, Position Opening

Platte County is accepting applications to fill this position. This appointed position by the County Board of Supervisors is for an initial term of office ending Jan. 4, 2023. Consequent appointments are for 4 year terms of office.

According to State Statute 32-211, the Election Commissioner shall be a registered voter, resident of Platte County for at least a year. Pay is negotiable. This is a full time hourly position. The job does require some weekend and evening hours and the flexibility to attend regional and local meetings.

Applicants must complete a Platte County Job Application. A Resume may be submitted in addition to the completed Application. Platte County Job Applications, with details and information about the Job can be picked up or emailed from the Platte County Clerk Office or by contacting Kim Kwapnioski, County Board Personnel Committee Member.

Platte County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position is subject to Veteran’s preference.

Return completed applications by close of business on May 15th , 2019, to Kim Kwapnioski or the County Clerk Office at the Courthouse. Kim’s contact information: cell: 402-649-5308; daytime: 402-563-4904; email: [email protected]. Platte County Clerk info: phone: 402-563-4904; email: [email protected].

05/08/2019

The Disaster Recovery Center at the Eagles Club, 3205 12th St. in Columbus is open until 6 pm Friday May 10th. Hours will be 9 am to 6 pm.

At the centers, recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications. They can provide referrals and help with appeals. Centers are equipped with captioned phones, video remote interpreting and assistive listening devices.

Nebraska homeowners, renters and business owners in Platte County may apply for assistance for uninsured and under-insured damage and losses resulting from severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding.

The Disaster Recovery center is open to residents of other counties affected by the disaster as well.

04/30/2019

The State of Nebraska and FEMA will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Platte County.

The center in Platte County will be located at the Eagles Club, 3205 12th St. in Columbus starting Monday May 6th to Friday May 10th. Hours will be 9 am to 6 pm.

At the centers, recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications. They can provide referrals and help with appeals. Centers are equipped with captioned phones, video remote interpreting and assistive listening devices.

Nebraska homeowners, renters and business owners in Platte County may apply for assistance for uninsured and under-insured damage and losses resulting from severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding.

The Disaster Recovery center is open to residents of other counties affected by the disaster as well.

04/29/2019

If you were affected by the March floods and still have a need for clean up of your home such as drywall and insulation removal, flooring, furniture and other debris removal please call the Crisis Cleanup hotline at 833-556-2476 to get your name on a list, this number is only active until May 3rd. Crews are in the area and can help. This service is free to those affected by the floods.

Here are two pictures, one before the flood, the other after, of the sand deposited in one area just south of Columbus. ...
04/23/2019

Here are two pictures, one before the flood, the other after, of the sand deposited in one area just south of Columbus. The loss of cropland is devastating to farmers in the area.

04/15/2019

Spotter Training

The National Weather Service and the Columbus/Platte County Emergency Management Agency will be holding its annual Storm Spotter Training session. The 2 Hr. session will be held Wednesday April 17th at 7:00 pm at the Central Community College West Education Center, please follow the signs. This training is provided to spotter groups, fire departments, industry, retail, education, and other individuals interested in the process of becoming a "Trained Spotter" as required by the National Weather Service. The public is invited to attend, especially those in rural areas.

U.S. Small Business Administration’s low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Nebraska businesses and ...
04/13/2019
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U.S. Small Business Administration’s low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Nebraska businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration.

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors must first contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.disasterassistance.gov. As soon as Federal-State Disaster Recovery Centers open throughout the affected area, SBA will provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants. Additional information and details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.

To find help for your immediate needs, please enter an address to get a list of the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), starting with the closest three. If no resource is close to you, contact your state’s emergency management agency to ask about other resources or to get your county’...

04/13/2019

A FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance team is in the County contacting those affected by the flood. The team works with flood survivors to ensure they have registered with FEMA for assistance. They will be canvassing the area for the next few days.

04/13/2019

Nebraskans who find dead livestock that died in the mid-March floods and blizzards have until April 15 to report the carcasses to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality at 1-877-253-2603 for help in removing the animals.

NDEQ will log the information, and USDA crews will handle pick-up and disposal of the animals.

04/11/2019

The Nebraska Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and its community partners will open a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Columbus, Nebraska on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 1 to 8 pm at the Columbus Fraternal Order of Eagles, 3205 12th St, Columbus, NE 68601.

The Columbus MARC will serve the counties of Platte, Boone, Nance, Colfax and Madison primarily but anyone affected by the 2019 Nebraska Flood can come to the MARC for services and resources.

The MARC will offer impacted residents access to a variety of recovery resources, including financial assistance for those who qualify, from multiple relief agencies.

The MARC brings recovery resources and offers residents convenient access to agencies in one central location. The American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Salvation Army and the Nebraska Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are just a few of the organizations that will be available at the MARC.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency just sent out the below tweet.  The delay was to include 12 counties in the req...
04/10/2019
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The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency just sent out the below tweet. The delay was to include 12 counties in the request to FEMA. If you haven't registered with FEMA and have flood damage please use the contact information below.

12 more counties approved for individual assistance: Antelope, Bode, Burt, Cuming, Hall, Howard, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Saline &Stanton. Those in those counties can apply for assistance http://www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY.

To find help for your immediate needs, please enter an address to get a list of the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), starting with the closest three. If no resource is close to you, contact your state’s emergency management agency to ask about other resources or to get your county’...

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska
04/09/2019

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska

Latest snowfall forecast for the Wednesday and Thursday storm system. #newx #iawx

Nebraska Extension - Platte County
04/09/2019

Nebraska Extension - Platte County

04/08/2019

The donation center at the Church in Action location, 4300 23rd St. (By Goodwill) is open daily from 4-7pm and 9-1pm Saturday. It will be closed Sunday. Anyone affected by the flood is invited to stop by.

We have been assessing the damage to homes and business with two separate FEMA teams. They were here  both last week and...
04/03/2019
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We have been assessing the damage to homes and business with two separate FEMA teams. They were here both last week and this week and are doing this to attempt to qualify Platte County for FEMA Individual Assistance. One way you can help is if you have flood damage to any extent to your home or business is to register with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. The more that register helps show a need in Platte County and will aid in Platte County receiving a disaster declaration for Individual assistance. If you know someone who is affected please share this information with them.

If you got a notice from FEMA about Transitional Sheltering Assistance and need a place to stay: Use the link to find participating hotels.

03/28/2019

We have crews in the area that will provide free flood clean up. Call 833-556-2476 Remove drywall, insulation, clean out basements.

03/27/2019

Cleanup crews are being coordinated to help those clean up damage from the flooding. We have Team Rubicon to assist with the management of the scheduling. If you need clean up assistance please call the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at 833-556-2476 to request help.

We are still assessing the damage caused by the flooding across Platte County.  FEMA and Nebraska Emergency Management o...
03/27/2019

We are still assessing the damage caused by the flooding across Platte County. FEMA and Nebraska Emergency Management officials will be in the area starting Thursday to continue assessments to hopefully qualify Platte County for FEMA Individual Assistance. Meanwhile, if you have damage caused by flooding near the Loup, Platte, and Shell Creek please start the process outlined below. As more people register is shows more need to FEMA to aid in their decision to include Platte County.

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03/26/2019

The Disaster Relief Donation Center is now open at the Family Resource Center on 19th street and 31st Avenue – north parking lot, look for the overhead doors. It will be open this week, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone affected by the flooding can pick up cleaning supplies, toiletries, paper goods, non perishable foods, and other items.

Case managers will also be available this week at the Family Resource Center from noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those affected by the flood can meet with various agencies including Emergency Relief and Salvation Army for financial assistance.

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska
03/26/2019

US National Weather Service Omaha/Valley Nebraska

Severe thunderstorms produce lightning, large hail, damaging winds, funnel clouds, tornadoes, and flash flooding. Are you prepared this severe weather season? #newx #iawx #beready

03/26/2019

Monday, March 25, 2019 to Friday, March 29, 2019 is Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week. There will be a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10 a.m. The National Weather Service will issue a test tornado warning and outdoor warning sirens will be tested in Platte County at that time.

The mobile water testing lab will be in Columbus from 8 to 5 pm at the Nebraska Extension-Platte County Office, located ...
03/25/2019

The mobile water testing lab will be in Columbus from 8 to 5 pm at the Nebraska Extension-Platte County Office, located at 2715 13th St. Columbus NE 68601. Anyone with a private well that was affected by flood waters in encouraged to get their well tested.

Pick up a free testing kit from the mobile lab location during the hours specified and fill the container with a water sample from your private well. Bring sample back to mobile lab for testing and fill out an information sheet! Samples will be taken to Lincoln on Thursday evening for processing and individuals contacted after testing is completed. These tests are free, but the water testing containers must be picked up and returned to the mobile lab between 8 and 5 pm. This will require a round trip.
For more information please contact the Extension Office at 402-563-4901.

03/24/2019

Anyone affected by the recent flooding in Platte County can stop by the Columbus Emergency Relief office at 3020 18th Street (Columbus Resource Center) from 12 to 6 pm M-F to meet with a caseworker to apply for emergency funds.

Nebraska Farm Bureau
03/24/2019

Nebraska Farm Bureau

The Livestock Indemnity Program financially assists farmers and rancher when they suffer loss of livestock due to adverse weather. Learn more: http://ow.ly/HO2R30o3WL2

If you live in Columbus today you may have heard helicopters flying over.  Hay was being picked up at the Ag-Park and de...
03/24/2019

If you live in Columbus today you may have heard helicopters flying over. Hay was being picked up at the Ag-Park and delivered to area farmers with inaccessible roads. Thank you to our Air National Guard Troops and Ag-Park and Brian Palmer for providing an ideal location for this.

03/23/2019

We had teams out doing damage assessments today but they are still having problems getting to many homes. We will have call takers standing by Sunday from 12 to 4 for those affected to call in and report their flood damage. This is for both the Loup/Platte river and Shell Creek area. Please call 402-564-1206. We will also have teams out tomorrow working accessible areas. Please share this or pass this info on to anyone affected by the flood. Thank you to those who called in.

03/21/2019

Because so many flooded homes are still inaccessible due to road conditions we are planning a call in Preliminary Damage Assessment campaign. If you live in Platte County and have flood damage please call 402-564-1206 after 10:30 Friday and we will have call takers here to fill out damage assessment reports. This information is critical to Platte County being added to the Presidential Declaration for FEMA Individual assistance. This not an application for FEMA assistance but part of the process.

Important information regarding emergency livestock feeding.
03/21/2019
Nebraska Extension - Platte County

Important information regarding emergency livestock feeding.

Update as of 3/21/19:

1. Hay drop off and pick up is now at Ag Park. Contact Brian Palmer at 402-270-4455 for making arrangements for dropping off donations. Hay is anticipated to arrive mid morning on 3/21/19. Producers will be allowed 5 bales at a time.

2. If you are a producer and need an air drop of feed to stranded animals, call the Nebraska Department of Ag at 1-800-831-0550. They will help make arrangements locally. ***Please do your best to call ahead of time, this hotline may not be open over the weekend (3/23 - 3/24).***

3. For immediate ag related volunteer opportunities, sign up using 211. We are working with the United Way to mobilize volunteers for ag related roles to match the need.

4. Sign up to help and/or donate supplies for the Platte County Flood Relief project. By signing up, you will be notified of project details via email when more information is available.
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03/19/2019

the Donation center at 1C Church will continue to operate 11am to 7pm Wed to Friday. Hours will be 11am to 3pm Saturday. Cleaning supplies to include buckets and mops, non perishable food and plastic totes are being accepted. If you were directly or indirectly affected by the flood stop by and pickup what you need.

03/19/2019

If you would like to volunteer to help with flood clean up we are asking you to dial 211 on your phone and leave your contact information. As requests for help come in we will connect you with those in need. If you need help please call 211 and they will get your information to Emergency Management.

03/19/2019

Update on Hwy 81 south of Columbus: It is now open to head to head traffic (2-way) separated by cones on the west (southbound) lanes. There is no pilot vehicle and the road will be open 24/7. Semi Trucks are still not permitted to go through the area. Work will proceed on the east (northbound) lanes with hopes to open them in a couple days. These repairs are temporary so expect construction this spring/summer for a permanent repair. PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU DIVE THROUGH THIS AREA.

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2610 14th St
Columbus, NE
68601

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