RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation who suffered losses because of the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding of June 4 and 5 have only one week to register for federal and state disaster recovery assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Monday, August 9 is the last day applications will be accepted.
FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Pete Bakersky and State Coordinating Officer Dana Nelson urge anyone who has not yet registered for recovery assistance to call the toll-free registration line at 1-800-462-9029, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the hearing-or speech-impaired the number is (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.
Federal disaster recovery assistance was made available to the reservation by President Clinton's June 9 disaster declaration. Programs available include disaster housing assistance, grants to meet disaster-related needs unmet by other assistance programs, and U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans. To date, 1,157 people have applied for federal disaster assistance.
For answers to questions about the disaster assistance programs or the status of individual applications, call the Disaster Information Helpline at 1-800-525-321. The hearing- or speech-impaired may call the TTY Helpline at 1-800-660-8005.