Community Relations Teams Reaching Out to Disaster Survivors

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Release date: 
June 26, 2011
Release Number: 
1981-006

Bismarck, N.D. – Community relations teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are reaching out to individuals in Ward and Burleigh counties affected by severe flooding.

These teams are visiting with displaced individuals and families in shelters and hotels to inform them of the registration process and identify any unmet needs. They are also distributing registration flyers.

Team members will also meet with representatives of community-based agencies and community leaders. When community relations specialists meet a disaster survivor with unmet needs, they pass that information on to state, federal or voluntary agency staff best able to respond.

Community Relations personnel, as with all FEMA employees, will be identified as such.  If residents have any doubts of whether the person they are speaking with is from FEMA, do not hesitate to ask to see their FEMA identification.

Those affected by the disaster are strongly encouraged to register for assistance immediately by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585, from 6 a.m. to midnight local time, daily. They can also register online anytime at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Renters and homeowners may register with FEMA for help in the form of grants for temporary housing, basic home repairs and other serious disaster-related needs. Individual assistance helps eligible applicants with temporary housing assistance, uninsured personal property losses and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other disaster-related expenses and serious needs.

Renters, homeowners and business owners may also be eligible for low-interest disaster loans. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to cover residential and business losses not covered by insurance. No one is obligated to accept a loan. However, the SBA loan application opens the door to other possible forms of assistance.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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