Rural flood relief resources

Across the Midwest, farmers, ranchers, and rural communities have been standing strong in the face of rising floodwaters. As producers and homeowners rush to rescue property, equipment, livestock, and more, many may find themselves asking what resources are available after this historic natural disaster.

Providing rural people with resources in times of need is a crucial component of the work we do at the Center for Rural Affairs. As we work to rebuild our vibrant rural communities after this disaster, we know that many may need help.

Here are a few resources for you:

Farm Aid

Farm Aid is an organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on the land, visit their website or call 800.FARM.AID. The organization has started a family farm disaster fund to accept donations. Farm Aid recommends farmers and ranchers follow eight steps after a natural disaster, check out our blog here.

Farm Rescue

Farm Rescue is an organization whose mission is to help farmers and ranchers who have experienced a major illness, injury, or natural disaster by providing the necessary equipment and manpower to plant hay or harvest their crop. Livestock feeding assistance is also available to ranchers.

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI)

The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) is an organization that provides a variety of disaster assistance programs. This group is known internationally for their expertise of helping farmers and ranchers navigate a natural disaster. Watch their webinar series, “Disaster Recovery Resource Videos," also can be a good resource for small businesses and homeowners. RAFI also offers a step-by-step guide for farmers and ranchers who are documenting disaster loss on their operations.

Disaster information

Iowa Emergency Management Association and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Salvation Army - Nebraska and Iowa 

American Red Cross – Nebraska and Southwest Iowa

State of Nebraska - Nebraska Strong Webpage

Business, housing, and individual relief resources

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan program - Apply online

  • Fact Sheet: Disaster Loans; check out the fact sheet in Spanish/en espanol
  • List of Disaster and Business Recovery Centers
  • Available disaster loans through the Small Business Administration:
    • Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loans – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
    • Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles.

Northeast Nebraska Economic Development Network

Picking Up the Pieces: Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After a Disaster - Housing Assistance Council

Small business resources

Center for Rural Affairs Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) - staff are available throughout Nebraska to assist businesses with free one-on-one counseling. Contact the representative in your area for assistance. Bilingual services are available.

Business-oriented disaster toolkit from Carolina Small Business

Agricultural resources

Iowa Beef Center - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Nebraska Cattlemen - Disaster Relief Fund

Nebraska Farm Bureau

U.S. Department of Agriculture - Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service

University of Nebraska - Should leases be adjusted for flood-damaged farm ground? and Adjusting pasture and hay ground leases for 2019

Wellness, health, and mental health resources

Nebraska Disaster Behavioral Health - 800.464.0258

Iowa Concern - 800.447.1885 (legal issues, finance, stress, and crisis/disaster)

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Nebraska Family Helpline - 888.866.8660

Nebraska Rural Response Hotline - 800.464.0258

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - 800.985.5990

Partner resource compilations

Legal Aid of Nebraska's Disaster Relief Project

University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Flooding in Nebraska resources for families & individuals, homeowners, businesses & communities, and agriculture

Northeast Nebraska Economic Development Network - has compiled a list of diaster resources for farm and ranch, businesses, and contractors

Nebraska Flood Recovery Fund to help rebuild greater Nebraska

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