BISMARCK, N.D. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Thursday in Velva 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.
Located in the Velva City Hall at 101 First Street W., the DRC will be open on Thursday, July 7, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and continue operations daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.
Representatives from FEMA housing and individual assistance programs will be available to receive and provide information about individual applications. FEMA mitigation specialists will be 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) will be 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.
To register with FEMA, call 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) or go online at www.fema.gov or www.disasterassistance.gov. Individuals may also register by smart phone at m.fema.gov. 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.