The University of Nebraska is working to support the needs of students, faculty and staff affected by recent natural disasters across the state.
If You Are Affected
Applying for Disaster Leave
NU has created a catastrophic leave program that allows employees to receive up to two work weeks of catastrophic leave if they—or an immediate family member—has been impacted by the flooding and need to attend to personal matters. A vacation leave-eligible employee may request Major Disaster Leave under this plan if:
- The 2019 Storm and Flooding has caused severe hardship to the vacation leave-eligible employee—or a vacation leave-eligible employee’s family member—that requires the vacation leave-eligible employee to be absent from work; and
- The vacation leave-eligible employee’s vacation leave has been exhausted.
To request Major Disaster Leave, please fill out the Major Disaster Leave Request Form—including the anticipated time period of absence—and send to Human Resources for evaluation.
Applying for NU Emergency Fund
The University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund enables the university to help currently enrolled students and current university employees who face financial hardship resulting from emergency or crisis situations such as natural disasters, home displacement and food insecurity. These circumstances include the 2019 flooding that has significantly affected people and the state.
Based on need, aid from the fund is awarded by the president of the University of Nebraska. For information about applying for assistance, contact the university at NUEmergencyFund@nebraska.edu or call 402-472-2111.
Students Who Need Help
The university’s highest priority is making sure the flood does not impede any student’s ability to be successful. Under the leadership of the chief academic officers, each campus will provide leniency for current and incoming students whose families, homes, communities or financial situation have been impacted—so they can continue on the path to a University of Nebraska degree.
Steps include flexible coursework and admissions, enrollment and scholarship deferrals. Detailed information about student support can be found below.
Governor Ricketts has unveiled a new "Nebraska Strong" website to connect Nebraskans with opportunities to request and provide relief. The State of Nebraska is working with individuals, public/private partnerships, volunteer organizations, faith-based organizations and non-government organizations to help affected Nebraskans meet their needs.
University-Wide Flood Assistance Lead
Campus Flood Assistance Coordinators
The statewide private impact is estimated at over $89 million, and may continue to rise. 
The total number of applicants who have applied for FEMA Individual Assistance. 
More than $48 million in federal funding has been approved for Nebraskans affected by the disaster, including funds for housing assistance and other disaster-related needs.