BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of North Dakota have put disaster financial reimbursement on a fast-track. FEMA has approved more than $1.3 million in Public Assistance to reimburse the North Dakota National Guard and the city of Fargo for costs incurred during the flood fight.
Of the $1.3 million obligated, $569,680 is for costs incurred by the National Guard for sandbags, floodwall barriers and costs associated with the removal of the Missouri River ice jam. Additionally, FEMA obligated $757,294 as the federal share for two requests submitted by the city of Fargo for sandbags and floodwall barriers. FEMA reimburses states, tribal and local governments for 75 percent of eligible costs for emergency protective measures.
Local governments seeking reimbursements submit Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services. While other categories of federal aid have not yet been approved, damage assessments will be conducted soon to determine if further approvals are warranted.
FEMA funding to state, tribal and local governments is only one of many elements of the federal flood response in North Dakota. FEMA has "mission assigned" more than 18 federal agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to respond to needs during the disaster response and recovery.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.