BISMARCK, N.D. – Residents of the Burlington area have until Saturday evening to visit the disaster recovery center set up there this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said today. The Burlington center will close at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9.
Another recovery center will open Monday at Kenmare High School, 300 Seventh Ave. NE, in northwest Ward County, and will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through July 16. The centers change locations to provide easier access for residents of the areas that suffered damage in this year’s flooding.
Two centers in nearby Minot will remain open indefinitely, operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. They are at the Minot State University Student Center, 500 University Ave. W, and the Minot City Auditorium, 420 Third Ave. SW. A Bismarck center, at 1200 Memorial Highway, will remain open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
All three centers have representatives available to help answer questions about assistance and recovery programs.
Residents who plan to visit a recovery center should register for assistance before their visit. The registration lines, 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585, are open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight (CDT) until further notice. Individuals also can register online any time at www.fema.gov or www.disasterassistance.gov or by smartphone at m.fema.gov.
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.
Other agencies that may be represented at the centers include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and state agencies.