BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Fessenden Disaster Recovery Center will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The Disaster Recovery Center is located at
Fessenden - Bowdon School Gym
500 North 2nd Street
Fessenden, Wells County
Saturday will be the last day for Wells County residents who have been affected by the flooding that began on March 13 to visit their local Disaster Recovery Center, which is run by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Fessenden Disaster Recovery Center has recovery program representatives available to help answer questions about assistance.
"The recovery center offers a great chance to meet face to face with representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration," said NDDES Deputy Director Greg Wilz. "They can answer questions about the SBA disaster loan program and help people fill out their disaster loan applications." SBA offers assistance with low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, businesses, and private, non-profit organizations.
SBA disaster help and information is also available by calling SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Individuals may also access SBA's online Electronic Loan Application (ELA) at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
"Just because the Fessenden center is closing does not mean FEMA is leaving," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Justo "Tito" Hernandez. "We will be here as long as it takes. If you have not registered yet, or have questions about your application or our programs, call us toll free at 1-800-621-FEMA or TTY 1-800-462-7585, or go online at www.disasterassistance.gov."
Residents affected by the severe storms and flooding that began on March 13 who plan to stop by any Disaster Recovery Center are urged to register for assistance before their visit. Residents can register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 or visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov online. The registration line is open daily from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. CDT (6 a.m. - 10 p.m. MDT) until further notice. The call is free.
People who want to protect themselves against damage from future disasters can also get expert advice at the recovery centers about cost-effective ways to rebuild.
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.