BISMARCK, N.D. -- Grand Forks county residents who were affected by the severe storms and tornado of August 26 - 27 have only one week to register for disaster assistance according to federal and state disaster recovery officials.? The registration deadline is November 13.?
"State and federal disaster assistance serves as an additional resource for those people impacted by this tornado. Residents that have not applied for these programs need to do so while they are still available," said Greg Wilz, director of the N.D. Division of Homeland Security.
Individuals can apply by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency?s (FEMA) toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-3362 or by going online at www.fema.gov and filing out an application. Those with hearing- or speech- impairments can register by calling 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). The registration numbers are operational from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The registration line will be closed Veterans Day November 12.
Disaster assistance may be available to help with housing needs, personal property losses, and/or medical, dental, and transportation expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.
"Even after the deadline, FEMA is only a telephone call away," said Connee Lloyd, federal coordinating officer. "Individuals who have questions or want to update their applications should not hesitate to call the FEMA Helpline."?
Applicants may reach the FEMA Helpline by calling: 1-800-621-3362. Helpline representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The TTY Helpline number is 1-800-462-7585. The Helpline will be closed Veterans Day November 12.
As of October 31, state and federal disaster assistance has facilitated:
282 individuals have registered with FEMA.
Nearly $2.4 million in FEMA and SBA assistance has been provided to disaster applicants.
Northwood businesses and residents are reminded to complete the Northwood Recovery Disaster Response packet by November 13 if they want to receive assistance from the volunteer agencies.? This packet can be picked up at the Northwood City Hall.
Consumers who are having issues with their insurance claims should 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.