LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – President Donald Trump on Saturday approved a request from Gov. Pete Ricketts for a major disaster declaration for Nebraska, making federal funding available to assist in combatting the outbreak of COVID-19.
The declaration makes federal funding available to all state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for all areas of Nebraska affected by COVID-19.
Governor Ricketts issued a statement thanking Trump for the action, saying “Nebraskans are coming together to win the war against the virus, and this declaration will help our state fulfilling that mission.”
Nebraska’s entire congressional delegation on Monday had sent the president a letter supporting the major disaster declaration request, and most issued statements thanking him for his quick action.
3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith of Gering wrote “Nebraskans have taken drastic, but necessary measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, and it is clear a major disaster declaration is appropriate.”
Smith also offered optimism for the future, saying that “though this unprecedented time may be difficult and the preventative actions demanding, we will recover from this pandemic.”