There are opportunities for employees to assist colleagues and Nebraskans in need. We encourage you to visit www.nebraska.edu/flood-assistance to learn more.
A new five-day civil leave allowance is now available under which employees can receive up to 40 hours of civil leave to volunteer in flood recovery efforts. The leave allowance will be available until further notice from the NU President’s Office.
A new catastrophic leave program 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 but have exhausted vacation leave. Employees also have the opportunity to donate to a catastrophic leave “bank” that can be an additional lifeline for colleagues in crisis.
A new University of Nebraska Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund also is accepting donations to support students and employees who face sudden financial hardship resulting from natural disasters, home displacement, food security or other crises.
Nebraska Extension offers extensive information and resources for individuals and families, businesses, homeowners, and farmers and ranchers whose livelihoods have been impacted by natural disaster.
There can be significant public health issues in responding to flooding of this magnitude. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has a variety of resources available to help ensure the safety of those responding to the impacts of the flood.
As always, one of the best ways you can give is financially. We encourage you to visit the Nebraska Strong website recently unveiled by Governor Ricketts to explore opportunities to contribute money or other resources.