BISMARCK, N.D. -- Federal aid in housing grants, disaster loans and direct federal assistance mission assignments now stands at $48.3 million, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported today. As part of the $48.3 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 Bastion Concertainers and sandbags).
As of close of business Sunday, 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 $6,025,456 for housing-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources, with an additional $272,009 approved under Other Needs Assistance for other serious disaster-related expenses such as medical or personal property. To date, $287,028 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 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $8,831,200 in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and certain eligible private nonprofit organizations. The SBA has Disaster Loan Outreach Centers at the Federal Building, 657 2nd Ave. North, Room 218, Fargo; Lake Region Public Library, 423 7th St., Devils Lake, and Buffalo Mall, 2400 8th Ave. SW, Suite B, Jamestown. The Fargo and Devils Lake sites close at the end of the day on Thursday, June 18. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays for Devils Lake and Jamestown; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Fargo.
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.
North Dakotans have made 4,402 visits to federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). One open center remains in Belcourt on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Reservation. 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 779 claims totaling $8.5 million ($7.3 million structural, $1.2 contents) for this disaster. North Dakotans have purchased 3,557 flood insurance policies since April 15, 2009, bringing the state's total to 8,768.
The Hazard Mitigation Community Education and Outreach Team has counseled 1,513 people at FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers, 3,036 at home improvement stores, and 200 attendees at 11 community mitigation workshops about ways to reduce damage in future flood events.
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.