BISMARCK, N.D. -- More than $1.7 million in state and federal disaster assistance has been approved for Grand Forks county residents who were impacted by the Aug. 26 and 27 storms that spawned a deadly tornado in Northwood, disaster recovery officials have announced. State and federal disaster assistance comes in addition to the estimated $30 million of insured losses.
"The damages from the August 26 tornado have impacted individual lives, businesses and local government. State and federal assistance programs serve as an additional resource for the residents of Northwood and Grand Forks County," said Greg Wilz, Director, N.D. Division of Homeland Security. "Along with insurance reimbursements, the application of these programs will strengthen the recovery process."
State and federal disaster assistance for state and local governments and some nonprofits in Grand Forks county was made available Sept. 7 when President Bush declared North Dakota a major disaster area. One week later, assistance to help individuals with property losses was made available as well.
Since then, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued checks in the amount of $338,346 to help with temporary housing needs, minimal home repairs and other serious disaster needs not covered by other programs, according to Connee Lloyd, FEMA federal coordinating officer.
"These funds are helping many residents begin or continue their recovery," Lloyd added. "That's good news for all who've been impacted by these storms and are working hard to move forward."
In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved nearly $1.4 million in loans for homeowners and businesses, SBA officials said.
** Other milestones since the presidential declaration are:
- 267 county residents have applied with FEMA since Sept. 14.
- 149 FEMA inspections to identify type and scope of damages to structures and personal property have been completed.
- There have been 446 visits to the state/federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Northwood Community Center. The DRC, which opened Sept. 15, has been providing one-on-one assistance to storm victims who need help with FEMA, SBA loan packets, insurance issues, stress, other state services, and with technical information that will help them repair or rebuild with techniques to reduce or prevent future disaster damages.
The Recovery Center will close at the 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. After that, storm victims still can get help with state and federal disaster assistance applications by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (Option #2). The TTY Helpline number for those who are hearing- or speech-impaired is 1-800-462-7585.
- SBA will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Northwood Community Center. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be on hand to provide one-on-one assistance with completing SBA loan applications, answering questions about SBA's loan program, and explaining how an SBA disaster loan can help pay for disaster losses.
Regular operating hours for the DLOC will be Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The SBA center will be closed Monday, Oct. 8 in observance of Columbus Day.
- Those who have not yet registered for FEMA can still apply by calling 1-800-621-3362; (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 or going online at www.fema.gov. Persons with insurance are eligible to apply but will need to provide FEMA a letter detailing their insurance settlement before being evaluated for some for...