BISMARCK, N.D. -- Federal aid to individuals, government agencies, businesses and private nonprofit organizations now totals $62.4 million in grants and loans, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported today.
Registration for individuals impacted by the disaster closed Aug. 10, but the FEMA helpline is still available to anyone having questions about disaster assistance. Registrants should also continue to inform FEMA about any changes in address or other contact information.
To update with FEMA call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. CDT (6 a.m. to 10 p.m. MDT). Contact information may also be changed online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Information about the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application is available by calling 1-800-659-2955 (TTY 1-800-977-8339), or online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Here is a recap of disaster aid as of noon Thursday, Aug. 13:
- $7,549,652 in housing and repairs grants to individuals and households affected by the disaster. Registration closed with 7,328 individuals applying for assistance. More than 5,000 people visited FEMA/state Disaster Recovery Centers established temporarily throughout the disaster area;
- $1,148,864 paid by North Dakota to individuals for FEMA-funded Disaster Unemployment Assistance;
- $13,549,000 in SBA low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations;
- $24,822,763 paid to other responding federal agencies, including the Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Customs and Border Protection.
- $15,346,889 paid to the state on behalf of local, state and tribal governments requesting reimbursement for debris cleanup, emergency measures and damage to public facilities.
In addition, 1,364 claims have been filed with flood insurance agents and the National Flood Insurance Program for $13 million in damages to buildings and contents. Flood insurance policies in force in North Dakota have tripled since the beginning of the year to more than 13,000.
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) specialists made 40 community visits to counties to provide assistance with their mitigation plan development.
More than 50 members from FEMA's Community Relations (CR) section fanned out in the disaster communities to bring information on disaster relief. Over the spring and summer, they connected one-on-one with almost 13,500 people and made nearly 17,500 visits to government offices, businesses, community and faith-based organizations, senior centers, post offices, schools, libraries, veterans groups, farm agencies, and community events such as county fairs and local festivals.
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.