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As More Severe Weather Looms Across America USDA Rural Development Encourages Preparedness, has Funds to Help

Meredith Mingledorff
Release Date
Mar 28, 2022

Nebraska weather often feels like multiple seasons in a day, from drastic temperatures to extreme wind, residents of the Cornhusker state know it is vital to be prepared for the unexpected when it comes to weather. 

Devastating weather across the nation in the last week provided a reality check for those who witnessed its destruction. In many examples of survival, early warning systems gave Americans the time they needed to escape harm’s way. 

In Nebraska, rural communities in need of updating their warning systems may be eligible for a Community Facilities grant like the one used recently in Lyman to replace their emergency siren. Lyman was awarded $18,800 to replace an old siren with an updated model. The new siren has the capacity to be remotely turned on by the Emergency Communication Center in the City of Gering, improving safety for the village’s 341 residents. 

Interested communities are encouraged to reach out to their local USDA Rural Development representative to discuss project needs and qualifications. The following specialists are available across the state to take questions and help applicants apply for USDA RD Community Programs funds: 
North Platte Office – Sara Pierce (308) 221-3689 or Kaleb Browning (308) 455-9838
Kearney Office – Dave Fulton (308) 455-9844 or Kaleb Browning (308) 455-9838
Norfolk Office – Anthony Guenther (402) 371-5350 ext. 120 or Marla Ourada (402) 437-5598
Lincoln Office – Marshall Stephens (402) 437-5732 or Niki Dittmer (402) 437-5737

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ne

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