BISMARCK, N.D. -- As North Dakota residents continue cleanup and recovery efforts following the spring floods, the two remaining Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are on the move to new locations.
The Bismarck DRC will shut its existing location at close of business on Saturday, Sept. 10, and reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at a new location in the Mandan City Hall, 205 Second Avenue NW, Mandan ND 58554.
The Minot DRC will also close its existing location at the close of business on Saturday, Sept 10, and reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept 13, at the Dakota Mall, 2400 10th Street SW, Minot, ND 58701.
Regular hours for both DRCs will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday; closed Sunday.
DRCs provide disaster assistance to North Dakota residents who have been affected by the spring flooding. They are open for residents who like to speak one-on-one to recovery representatives. However, it is not necessary to visit a center to receive disaster assistance. The fastest way to register is by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) between 6< a.m. and 10 p.m. (CDT) daily or going online at www.fema.gov or www.disasterassistance.gov, or by smart phone at m.fema.gov. The deadline to register for federal assistance, return SBA loan applications and apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is Thursday, Sept. 22.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services provides 24/7 emergency communications and resource coordination with more than 50 lead and support agencies, private enterprise, and voluntary organizations to assist local jurisdictions in disaster and emergency response activities. It administers federal disaster recovery programs and the Homeland Security Grant Program.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term repair and rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call (800) 659-2955 (TTY 800-977-8339).
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585. Follow us on twitter @femaregion8.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.