RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Disaster assistance has reached $1,251,903 for survivors of the early June tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that the Pine Ridge Reservation suffered.
Disaster Assistance Summary
- $367,687 has been approved for immediate home repair assistance and $80,731 has been approved for rental assistance. FEMA's Disaster Housing Assistance pays for essential repairs needed to make the residence livable and provides for temporary housing accommodations. All eligible applicants have been placed in temporary housing until the mobile home group site and private sites are ready.
- Forty-five travel trailers are currently providing temporary housing for families displaced by the disaster. These trailers serve as an interim housing measure until permanent housing becomes available.
- A total of 34 mobile homes have arrived on the Pine Ridge Reservation. These units are suitable for extended residency and are being made available to applicants whose homes were severely damaged or completely destroyed by the tornadoes.
- Twenty-two Governor's Homes have been built and are ready to be placed on foundations.
- 1,162 people have registered for assistance through FEMA's toll-free registration line.
- 1,257 people visited the Pine Ridge Disaster Recovery Center before its closing July 30.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $610,200 in low interest loans.
- FEMA inspectors have completed 1,030 inspections of storm-damaged properties. Housing inspectors are still in the affected areas assessing damage.
- The Crisis Counseling Center continues to offer services to those affected by the storms and tornadoes. FEMA's grant of $193,885 reinforces existing disaster crisis counseling and outreach services being provided by the State Division of Mental Health. The state of South Dakota has applied for more funding through the Crisis Counseling Regular Services Program, which can provide up to nine months of counseling services.
- Issue #8 of the Disaster Recovery Newsletter includes articles about the $1 million approved in disaster assistance, the first families who have moved into mobile homes and the thousands of meals the Oglala Sioux Tribe provided for storm victims.
- The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross are still providing services on the reservation. They can be contacted for information on specific programs by calling
The Salvation Army (605) 341-7969
The American Red Cross (605) 867-2926
- The First National Bank of Gordon, NE continues to accept donations to the Oglala Victims Fund. Additional information is available by calling the bank at 308-282-0050.
- The long-term Pine Ridge Reservation Disaster Recovery Committee is in the planning and organizational stage. The committee is comprised of non-profit organizations, many currently involved in the recovery effort. Their task will be to identify disaster survivor's unmet critical needs and help guide long-term recovery efforts on the reservation
Applicants who have registered for assistance can call the FEMA Disaster Information Helpline to check the status of their applications or to get additional information. The toll-free Helpline number is 1-800-525-0321 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for persons with hearing or speech impairments. The Helpline is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.