Nebraska Disaster Relief Funds and Resources

The number of fundraisers and resources during a disaster can be overwhelming. We have done our best to organize the agencies and resources we know for the Tri-City area below. If you or someone you know is taking donations or offering resources for victims of the recent blizzard and floods, please contact Mike Spataro at [email protected]


United Way

United Way of the Kearney Area

Serves Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan, Franklin, and Custer counties.

*Can designate the donation to any community in Nebraska*


United Way of South Central Nebraska

Serves Adams, Clay, Webster, and Nuckolls counties.

*Can designate the donation to any community in Nebraska*


Red Cross

American Red Cross

Be sure to select “Disaster Relief”. Can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Locations in Grand Island(404 E. 3rd Street) and Kearney(520 W. 48th)

*Note that this option goes to the National Disaster Relief Fund and is not direct to the recent flooding*


Community Foundations

Kearney Area Community Foundation

Grand Island Community Foundation

Merrick Foundation

Custer County Foundation



For veterans affected by recent flooding in Nebraska, the Nebraska Veterans Aid (NVA) may be able to assist with food, clothing, and emergency housing (i.e. hotel accommodations). Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine the amount of assistance a veteran and/or their eligible dependents would be able to receive. Additional information on the program is available here: Veterans should apply for NVA through their County Veteran Service Officer.


Agriculture Producers

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has put together a list of disaster relief resources for Nebraska farmers and ranchers seeking assistance due to severe weather. This list includes information about NDA’s Hay and Forage Hotline and programs from the Farm Service Agency. For information go to: Ag producers who have been impacted by the blizzard or flooding and in need of hay, fencing, volunteer help, or equipment are encouraged to call the NDA at 1-800-831-0550. Anyone who can donate is asked to call that same number.

Livestock Indemnity Program and the Emergency Conservation Program. Both of these resources, along with the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish program, provide financial assistance in repairing damages. If you have questions or need assistance in utilizing these federal programs, please contact the Nebraska Farm Service Agency by visiting

Nebraska Cattleman are taking donations where 100% of money raised will be distributed to Nebraska cattle producers affected by natural disasters, including recent wet weather events. If you would like to write a check, make it out to Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund, download the donation form here, and mail it to:
Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund
4611 Cattle Drive
Lincoln, NE 68521

Salvation Army

Locations in Grand Island(818 W 3rd St.), Hastings(400 S Burlington), and Kearney(15 E 18th St.)!/donation/checkout


Nebraska Emergency Management Agency


Legal Aid of Nebraska

Legal Aid’s Disaster Relief Project – Insurance Issues, Government Benefits, Housing (renters), Housing (owners), Contractor Fraud Issues, Document Recovery. Victims may also get free legal information on these issues at

If you are in need of legal assistance in regards to the current flooding, you can apply online by going to, or by calling the Disaster Relief Hotline at 1-844-268-5627.

If you are an attorney and want to volunteer to help disaster survivors, please apply


Free Emotional Support Line

Optum – 866-342-6892

Resources available


United Healthcare Group Members

Plan participants who need help finding a care provider in the UnitedHealthcare network or obtaining early prescription refills can call customer care at the number located on the back of their medical ID cards.

For plan participants who may have misplaced their medical ID cards, call 866-633-2446, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (in the local time zone), Monday through Friday. People enrolled in Medicaid, employer-sponsored and individual health plans (except Medicare) who have a smartphone can download the free Health4Me app, which provides instant access to their ID card, network care providers, their personal health benefits and more. The Health4Me app is available as a free download at the Apple iTunes App Store and the Android Market on Google Play.