BISMARCK, N.D. – Federal disaster assistance for North Dakota families and individuals affected by the floods has reached $1.7 million dollars. Since the June 24 declaration for the Individual Assistance program, more than 5,000 residents have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and a steady stream of grant and loan checks go out daily.
Eligible applicants affected by the floods beginning Feb. 14 and continuing may receive grants to help pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs or other serious disaster-related expenses, such as medical, dental, funeral or burial expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. To date, 2,044 home inspections have been completed throughout the state.
North Dakotans have made 719 visits to federal/state Disaster Recovery Centers currently operating in Minot and Bismarck to help people find out about their registration status, get recovery or mitigation program information, or get help filling out applications for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan.
Residents who plan to stop by the centers 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 6 a.m. – midnight (CDT) until further notice. Registration is available 24 hours online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Individuals may also register by smart phone at m.fema.gov.
The DRCs are at the following locations:
Bank of North Dakota
1200 Memorial Highway
Minot State University
MSU Student Center
500 University Ave. West
Minot City Auditorium
420 3RD Ave., SW