LINCOLN, APRIL 2, 2019 – The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) is offering
disaster relief for recipients of the Nebraska Specialized Equipment Program (NSTEP) affected
by the extreme weather conditions during the spring of 2019.
“This disaster has touched us all in some way,” said Commissioner Chair, Mary Ridder. “Having
the ability to communicate is an important part of the recovery process. We encourage our
NSTEP participants who have suffered loss of their equipment due to the extreme weather to
apply for relief.”
Persons residing in counties identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
in event as qualifying for individual and/or public assistance are eligible to apply.
Replacement of equipment damaged or destroyed in this event ( ) will be limited to non-
mobile equipment that is specifically designed to assist persons who are deaf or hard of hearing,
have a hearing or speech disability, or have visual and hearing loss. Applications received from
individuals with damaged or destroyed mobile equipment will be reviewed on a case-by-case
NSTEP is designed to offer monetary assistance to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and
Speech Impaired Nebraskans in the purchasing of specialized telecommunications equipment,
such as amplified telephones, TTY/TT’s, phone amplifiers and signaling devices.