LINCOLN, Neb. – One of the first steps to recovery after a disaster is cleaning up debris. Clearing and disposing of appliances, furniture, trees, sand, gravel, building components, vehicles, personal property and other items is vital to getting the community back on its feet.
As local communities coordinate their debris removal process, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide the following information for residents in the affected areas:
- Don’t wait to clean up storm damage. Document damage with photos or videos.
- Follow guidance from local officials when placing debris for collection. Separate debris into categories when disposing along the curb:
- Electronics, such as televisions, computers or phones;
- Large appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves or dishwashers. Be sure to seal or secure the doors so that they are not accessible;
- Hazardous waste, such as oil, batteries, pesticides, paint or cleaning supplies. If you suspect that materials contain lead-based paint, keep them moist or contain materials in plastic bags so that the paint does not become airborne;
- Vegetative debris, such as tree branches, leaves or plants;
- Construction debris, such as drywall, lumber, carpet or furniture;
Place debris away from trees, poles or structures including fire hydrants and meters. Remove all water-damaged materials from the home and place curbside for pickup. Debris should not block the roadway.
Residents should follow guidance from local authorities for disposal of debris. FEMA’s Public Assistance Program reimburses state and local agencies for eligible costs of debris removal under the federal disaster declaration for Nebraska. This applies to items that have come into contact with flood water.
For more information, go online to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality at deq.state.ne.us/.
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has faced discrimination, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362, voice/VP/711. Multilingual operators are available. TTY users may call 800-462-7585.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email email@example.com or visit SBA at www.SBA.gov/disaster .