BISMARCK, N.D. -- State and federal disaster officials have beefed up recovery specialty teams in Northwood by opening a Disaster Recovery Center at the Northwood Community Center, 6 N. Raymond St., next to the Northwood City Hall.
The center, an extension of the state's One-Stop Service Center that's been operating in Northwood for the past week, provides storm victims with a chance to talk face-to-face with a number of disaster-recovery specialists on such topics as emergency needs, housing assistance, low-interest disaster loans, unemployment claims, insurance issues and consumer information on ways to repair or rebuild that can reduce or prevent future disaster damages.
For now, the center will operate as follows:
Monday through Friday - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Entities represented at the center include numerous North Dakota state agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and several voluntary nonprofit organizations that can help with unmet disaster needs.
Individuals can visit the center as often as needed but are encouraged to register with FEMA ahead of time either by calling toll-free at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) or online at www.fema.gov. There is no charge to visit with recovery specialists or for any of the services provided.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.