BISMARCK, N.D. -- Federal and state officials would like to remind Grand Forks county residents affected by the severe storms and tornado that struck the state on August 26 & 27 that they have only two weeks to register for state and federal disaster assistance.
"There are only two weeks left to register with FEMA," said Connee Lloyd federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)."I would hate to see someone miss out on an opportunity to receive assistance because they did not register in time."
Those affected should register by calling toll-free 1-800-621-3362 or TTY: 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech- impaired. Both lines are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Saturday or by going online at www.fema.gov and filling out an application.
"You need to register now so you may be considered for state and federal assistance," said Greg Wilz, director of the N.D. Division of Homeland Security. "November thirteenth is just around the corner. Please don't forget to register."
November 13 also is the deadline to apply for a low-interest loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA). You must complete and return an SBA application to be considered for a loan or other possible assistance from FEMA or other agencies. If an applicant does not qualify for an SBA loan, their assistance request is referred to FEMA for review of any serious disaster-related needs not already covered by insurance or other sources.
The SBA makes low-interest federal disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace property damaged or destroyed by the disaster. Small businesses may also apply for help to meet working capital needs.
For information about SBA's disaster loan assistance, call the SBA toll-free at 1-800-659-2955 or visit SBA's website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing- or speech- impaired individuals may call toll-free 1-800-877-8339.
State and Federal disaster assistance summary:
- 278 county residents have registered with FEMA since September 13 when state and federal disaster assistance was authorized for individual assistance.
- Nearly $2.4 million has been provided to disaster applicants in FEMA and SBA assistance.
- The Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) at the Northwood Community Center will be closing on Tuesday, October 30th at 6 p.m. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be on hand until then to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application. Operating hours for the DLOC are: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Northwood businesses and residents are reminded to complete the Northwood Recovery Disaster Response packet if they want to receive any assistance from the volunteer agencies. This packet can be picked up at the Northwood City Hall and returned by November 13.
- Consumers who are having issues with the insurance claims can call the North Dakota Department of Insurance consumer hotline at 1-800-247-0560.
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.