MOORHEAD, Minn. -- A Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) is now open in Bemidji to assist those affected by flooding in Beltrami County. The center is operated jointly by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The DRC will remain open until further notice and is located at:
Lakeside Service Center
505 Bemidji Avenue North
Bemidji, MN 56601
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The DRC provides an opportunity for residents to meet face-to-face with representatives from state and federal agencies and find answers to questions they may have about the recovery process. Individuals are encouraged to register for assistance before visiting a DRC by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585. FEMA operators are available from 6 a.m. to midnight. CDT seven days a week. Registration can be completed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Visitors to the DRC will find information on:
- FEMA and State disaster assistance programs.
- SBA low-interest disaster loans and how to complete the loan application.
- Smart building techniques to reduce damage from future floods.
- Flood insurance.
SBA representatives at the DRC will be available to meet individually with each resident or business owner to answer questions about the SBA disaster loan program, help them complete their disaster
loan applications and accept their completed applications. Anyone unable to visit a center should call 1-800-659-2955 or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.gov
FEMA leads the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation. The agency is committed to reducing the loss of life and property and supporting a culture of readiness for all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other catastrophes.