BISMARCK, N.D. -- Monday is the last day to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster aid.
The registration period for homeowners, renters, nonprofit organizations and businesses of all sizes ends at 11 p.m. Central Daylight Time (10 p.m. Mountain time). Aug. 10. Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. (6 a.m. to 10 p.m. MDT). Online, register at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Help may include housing assistance, grants for home repairs or replacement of items essential to the operation of a home, or help with other needs such as medical care or transportation.
Registrants who are sent a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application should complete it even if they don't want to take out a loan. The loan application helps to determine eligibility for other forms of assistance.
SBA loans are available to businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations as well as homeowners and renters. Applications for physical damage loans are due Monday, Aug. 10; applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans are due by Jan. 11, 2010.
For help with SBA loans, call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY 1-800-977-8339), or go online to www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. To ask questions or update contact information with FEMA, call 1-800-621-FEMA (TTY 1-800-462-7585).
People who have registered with other agencies must also register with FEMA to be considered for federal and state aid. Registrants must have suffered disaster impacts during the period March 13 to Aug. 10 to be considered for FEMA aid. Applicants are advised not to wait for insurance settlements to register; FEMA aid may be available to underinsured applicants who have registered before the deadline.
For more information on North Dakota disaster recovery operations, visit www.fema.gov/midwestfloods.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.