BISMARCK – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Tuesday in Burlington to assist North Dakota residents who have been affected by the flooding that began Feb. 14. They can now visit the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) DRC for answers to questions about recovery programs. Recovery program representatives will be available to help answer questions about assistance.
Located at the Burlington-Des Lacs Elementary School, 301 Wallace St. S, Burlington, the DRC will be open for five days, beginning Tuesday, July 5 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and continue operations Wednesday through Saturday (July 6-9) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Representatives from FEMA housing and individual assistance programs are available to receive and provide information about individual applications. FEMA mitigation specialists are on hand to provide information and answer questions about cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to reduce property damage in future disasters.
Customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to homeowners, renters and businesses to answer questions about the SBA disaster loan program and assist with disaster loan applications.
Others who may be represented at the centers include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and state agencies.
While DRCs are set up for residents who want to speak one-on-one to recovery representatives, it is not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance.
Calling any other local or state number will not get you registered for FEMA assistance.
Residents who plan to stop by the DRC are urged to register for assistance before their visit. The registration line is open daily from 6 a.m. – midnight (CDT) until further notice. The call is free.