HOW TO HELP Nebraska flood victims

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

Nebraska Strong Drive for Flood Relief
Our network of TV stations across the state are teaming up for the Nebraska Strong Drive for Flood Relief to support flood relief efforts of the American Red Cross. The Governor announced Friday is Nebraska Strong Day. On Friday from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m CT, call 1-844-278-8555 to make a donation to Red Cross flood relief efforts and help your fellow Nebraskans recover from this historic disaster.

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.

Airbnb has activated its Open Home Program to help local residents displaced and relief workers deployed to impacted regions in Nebraska as a result of the recent flooding in the area. The program was activated March 14 and recruits hosts who are willing and able to provide free housing to affected individuals. This program has been expanded and will be available until April 3.

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.

Raising Cane's
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers restaurants in Lincoln, Norfolk, Kearney, Grand Island and North Platte will serve as donation drop-off sites during regular business hours through Sunday, March 24. Items collected will be donated to local Salvation Army corps in the communities, which will distribute the supplies to flood victims.
Items needed include:
- Cleaning supplies: mops, shovels, disinfectants, bleach, Clorox wipes, masks, gloves, paper towels, rags, trash bags, etc.
- Personal hygiene items: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, diapers, wipes, etc.
- Bottled water, sports drinks and snacks for volunteers.
The Raising Cane's restaurant in Fremont will also be accepting donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sunday, March 24.

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:

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.

Russ's Market & Super Saver
Customers can help with flood relief by filling the buses with items needed by the Salvation Army. Currently, the main emphasis is for cleaning products such as household cleaners, bleach, brooms, and towels. Non-perishable food items needed include snack foods for relief workers.
The event will take place starting on Tuesday, March 19th and run through Friday, March 22nd, at 6:00pm. Cornhusker International Trucks will ship the product to the Salvation Army for dispersal.
In addition to the Fill the Bus event, each Lincoln Russ’s Market and Super Saver location will have a Round Up at the check lanes. Customers can round up their purchase to the nearest dollar and the proceeds will go to the Salvation Army and directed to Nebraska flood relief. The round up will start on Tuesday, March 19th and go through Sunday, April 7th.

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.

The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of South Central Nebraska have organized a collection drive. Please have all items to the Chamber Development Center by Wednesday, March 27.

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.

Wood River
The Wood River Fire Station is in need of volunteers to help clean. People should come with boots, gloves, hand tools, rakes and buckets. If you’re interested call 308-583-2541.

Village of Dannebrog
Dannebrog is also in need of volunteers to help clean up downtown and around the town. If you’re interested you can contact them on their Facebook page at

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.

Midwest Unlimited
Midwest Unlimited located at 1750 West O Street in Lincoln is selling - at dealer cost - all pumps, hoses, generators and inverters going towards the residents and businesses affected by flooding. Call 402-434-5446 for more information.

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