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October 23, 2000
News Release
Helena, MT -- A total of $513,152 in grants and more than $2.4 million in low-interest disaster loans have been issued to Montana residents and businesses since President Clinton declared Montana a major disaster area on August 30. The disaster declaration was for wildfires that hit the state between July 13 and Sept. 25. More than 2,100 applications have been received from individuals and businesses sustaining property loss or economic injury as a result of the fires and land closures, according to federal and state disaster officials.
October 23, 2000
News Release
Helena, MT -- The first in a series of application deadlines is coming up next week, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials. Monday, Oct. 30 is the application deadline for individuals who sustained damage to real and personal property and businesses that sustained physical damage.
October 12, 2000
News Release
Helena, MT -- Time is running out for individuals and business owners who sustained physical losses as a result of this summer's wildfires. People who live, own a business or work in one of the 48 counties and six reservations declared a major disaster area as a result of the wildfires have about two weeks left to register for state and federal disaster assistance.
October 12, 2000
News Release
Helena, MT -- Although the fires are mostly out, the next disaster could be waiting in the wings. Now is the critical time to prepare for the potential floods that may result from the fires. Restoration efforts are in full force, but rain and snowmelt can wash away soil, sending torrents of water across barren ground and pushing streams over their banks.
October 5, 2000
News Release
Helena, MT -- Although the fires are mostly out, the next disaster could be waiting in the wings. Now is the critical time to prepare for the potential floods that may result from the fires. Restoration efforts are in full force, but rain and snowmelt can wash away soil, sending torrents of water across barren ground and pushing streams over their banks.
October 4, 2000
News Release
Helena, MT -- Almost $1 million in disaster assistance funds have been issued to Montana residents and businesses since the August 30 presidential disaster declaration following the state's disastrous wildfires. And more than 1900 people who suffered property loss or damage, or economic injury as a result of the fires and land closures, have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance programs.
September 27, 2000
News Release
Helena, MT -- The first checks from the Individual and Family Grant Program that helps pay the costs of disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other disaster assistance programs have been sent to victims of the Montana wildfires.
September 25, 2000
News Release
Helena, MT -- For individuals who suffered property damage or were economically injured by the recent wildfires or forest and land closures, legal help is now available under an agreement between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.
September 21, 2000
News Release
Helena, MT -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration line for those affected by Montana's recent wildfires has changed hours and is now open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1-800-745-0243 (TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired).
September 19, 2000
News Release
Helena, MT -- State and federal officials are reminding Montanans to be on the alert for swindlers who move in after a disaster and prey on vulnerable disaster victims. "In the aftermath of a disaster, it is common for unscrupulous people to try to take advantage of victims," said Federal Coordinating Officer Carlos Mitchell. "People need to be aware that con artists will exploit disaster victims by preying on their fears and vulnerability."

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