BISMARCK, N.D. — In the nine months since President Obama's March 24 federal disaster declaration, State and federal assistance to North Dakota for spring flooding response and recovery now totals more than $150 million in grants and loans, the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported today.
Here is a recap of disaster aid as of December 22:
- $80,573,727 obligated to local, state and tribal governments requesting public assistance reimbursements for debris cleanup, emergency measures and damage to public facilities;
- $6,266,845 paid by the state for its share in public assistance reimbursements;
- $7,807,286 in assistance to individuals and households affected by the disaster. Registration closed with 7,382 individuals applying for assistance. More than 5,000 people visited FEMA/state Disaster Recovery Centers established in 19 disaster-stricken communities;
- $1,213,815 to individuals for Disaster Unemployment Assistance;
- $18,283,600 in SBA low-interest federal disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations;
- $35,720,695 paid to other responding federal agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Customs and Border Protection.
In addition, more than $15 million will be available to North Dakota communities through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. These funds are used for projects that will minimize the impact of future disasters. Projects are selected by NDDES and receive 75 percent federal funding, with the state and the local applicant responsible for the remainder.
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’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.