BISMARCK, N.D. -- Federal aid in housing grants, disaster loans and direct federal assistance mission assignments now stands at $47 million, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported today. As part of the $44.3 million, FEMA has obligated $24.66 million in 47 Mission Assignments to other federal agencies, including $15 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for removal of temporary flood protection (clay dikes, Hesco Bastions and sandbags).
As of close of business June 6, 5,568 North Dakotans have registered for disaster assistance in the 41 counties designated for Individual Assistance. Some 4,378 home inspections have been completed.
In the Individuals and Households program, FEMA has approved $5,788,396 for housing-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources, with an additional $261,440 approved under Other Needs Assistance for other serious disaster-related expenses such as medical or personal property. To date, $219,508 has been disbursed in Disaster Unemployment Assistance to workers, including the self-employed and farmers and ranchers, whose employment was affected by the March flooding.
The SBA has approved $7,822,100 in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and certain eligible private nonprofit organizations. The U.S. Small Business Administration has Disaster Loan Outreach Centers at the Federal Building, 657 2nd Ave. North, Room 218 in Fargo and at the Lake Region Public Library, 423 7th St., Devils Lake. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.
North Dakotans have made 4,231 visits to federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). Open centers remain in Belcourt, Fessenden, Jamestown, and Valley City. Center addresses are listed online at www.fema.gov/midwestfloods. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Residents who plan to stop by the DRC are urged, if possible, to register for assistance before their visit by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Registration is available daily from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. CDT and 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. MDT until further notice. The call is free. Registration is available 24 hours online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program in North Dakota now has 755 claims totaling $8.3 million for this disaster. The Hazard Mitigation Community Education and Outreach Team has counseled 1,463 people at FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers, 3,036 at home improvement stores, and 173 attendees at community mitigation workshops about ways to reduce damage in future flood events.
On the Public Assistance side, FEMA has obligated $8.28 million in funding as the 75 percent federal share to the state for emergency protective measures by local, state and tribal governments and eligible nonprofit organizations.
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services provides 24/7 emergency communications and resource coordination with more than 50 lead and support agencies, private enterprise, and voluntary organizations to assist local jurisdictions in disaster and emergency response activities. It administers federal disaster recovery programs and the Homeland Security Grant Program.
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.