HOW TO HELP Nebraska flood victims

Nebraska man and his dog evacuated from floodwaters in Columbus Photo courtesy: Kayla Van Dyke

Nebraska Strong website
Governor Pete Ricketts unveiled a new website Thursday to help connect more Nebraskans with opportunities to request and provide relief. The website can be viewed at

On the website, Nebraskans who need relief can log requests for items ranging from housing to tools. Requests will then be reviewed by the Nebraska Preparedness Partnership before being posted. After they are reviewed, they will then be available for fulfillment by members of the public.

Members of the public who want to help provide relief are encouraged to monitor the website for new requests.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross of Nebraska & Southwest Iowa is encouraging residents who want to help others during these floods to donate to their relief fund.

To make a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief:

Visit and selecting 'I want to Support Disaster Relief'
Call 1-800-RED CROSS
Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
Mail check to American Red Cross, 2912 S. 80th Ave., Omaha NE 68124.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is in action in northeast Nebraska and western Iowa working alongside first responders and authorities to provide relief to victims of the widespread flooding. You can help relief efforts by donating here.

Hy-Vee announced fund raising efforts to benefit the American Red Cross of Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. Hy-vee customers can donate any amount at the register or customer service counter to help with flood relief efforts. Hy-Vee will then match consumer donations up to $50,000.

Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha
We have an Amazon wishlist filled with items that we'll be stockpiling for those that might need them. Items that we need the most would be clean, wire kennels, collars, leashes, food, and towels/blankets.
NHS is helping animals impacted by the record flooding this season. We’re currently working to assist these animals and your donations will allow us to further help them. You can give here:

Washington County Flood Relief

The Washington County Flood Relief committee works to help find housing, coordinate volunteers, provide meals and work with individuals whose lives have been affected by disaster.

To reach Washington County Flood Relief, call "1-402-426-8881" or go to

Catholic Social Services
Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska says it his accepting monetary donations to assist those affected by the horrific and ongoing flood/storm damage in Nebraska. Checks may be mailed to them at their administrative offices (2241 O St. Lincoln NE 68510) OR via their website. If donating by check, be sure to list "flood relief" in your check memo. If donating online, designate "flood relief" in the "specific designation for your gift" field.

United Way of the Midlands
100% of every donation to the Nebraska/Iowa Flood Relief Fund will be directed to nonprofit programs meeting people’s needs for emergency shelter, food and more. Donors will have the opportunity to direct their gift to a specific community within Nebraska or Iowa if they so wish. You can text FLOODRELIEF (all caps, no space) to 41444 or visit to donate now.
United Way of the Midlands encourages everyone in need of assistance to call 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211 or visit The 2-1-1 Helpline will be available 24/7 for the immediate future.

Grand Island Community Foundation
The Grand Island Community Foundation has established a Disaster Relief Fund for Central Nebraska. Funds will be available for the local area to assist with relief related to the disastrous flooding seen in the Central Nebraska area. Those wishing to contribute to the fund can do that at GICF will be in contact with local communities to distribute the funds.

Kearney Area Community Foundation
The Kearney Area Community Foundation has a Disaster Relief Fund set up to help those in the Kearney area suffering loss from the recent devastating flooding. To show your support, click the link below to donate to the Disaster Relief Fund. All donations will stay in our area.

Nebraska Department of Agriculture
If you have hay, feed stuffs, fencing materials, equipment, etc. that you are willing to donate, please contact the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 1-800-831-0550. Be prepared to share your name, contact information and what you have that you are willing to donate and the amount, along with your location. NDA staff will be gathering this information and identifying needs to react accordingly, including the use of the National Guard and other state resources. A list of disaster relief resources for Nebraska farmers and ranchers is also available online at:

Nebraska Cattlemen
100% of all donations received 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 and mail it to:
Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund
4611 Cattle Drive
Lincoln, NE 68521

Click here to download a donation form.

Bank on Nebraska Strong
The Nebraska Bankers Association has begun work with local banks and Nebraska United Ways to establish the Bank on Nebraska Strong fund. The NBA hopes that the fund will be used to help with initial needs and rebuilding of businesses and communities.

The following avenues have been created to donate to the Bank on Nebraska Strong fund:

Nebraska United Ways: Donors can now select the Bank On Nebraska Strong fund through the United Ways platform. Visit to donate. Banks may also work with local United Way representatives to set up additional contribution channels for the fund.

Nebraska Community Foundation
To donate to the NBA's Bank On Nebraska Strong
fund via check, make payable to:
Nebraska Community Foundation
P.O. Box 83107
Lincoln, NE 68501
Memos on donation checks should read: Bank on Nebraska Strong Fund.

Text the word NEFLOODRELIEF to 41444 to donate to the NBA's Bank On Nebraska Strong fund.

If you know of other ways to help, email us at and we'll add the information to this story.