BISMARCK, N.D. – In less than a month, federal and state disaster assistance for North Dakota families and individuals hammered by the 2011 floods has exceeded $20 million. More than 8,000 residents have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance, and a steady stream of grant and loan checks goes out daily.
To date, eligible applicants affected by the 2011 floods have been approved for $19,862,534 in grants for temporary housing and essential home repairs. The Other Needs Assistance program has approved $196,876 for serious disaster-related expenses such as medical, dental, funeral or burial expenses not covered by insurance or other sources.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued $345,900 in low-interest disaster loans to individuals and businesses of all sizes.
Residents who plan to visit disaster recovery centers are urged to register for assistance beforehand by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Registration is available daily 6 a.m. to midnight (CDT). Registration is available 24 hours online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Individuals may also register by smartphone at m.fema.gov.
Recovery center locations can be found by going to www.fema.gov/drclocator.