PIERRE, S.D. -- As winter approaches, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reminding homeowners to ensure their home-heating system is in good working order, especially ones damaged by flooding.
Federal disaster assistance may cover furnace repairs that are related to the flooding that occurred March 11 through July 22. It also may pay for cleaning and testing flood-damaged furnaces or for replacement if the furnace is destroyed. However, homeowners who have not registered with FEMA by the October 24 deadline, and later find their furnace is damaged, will not qualify for aid.
Residents living in Charles Mix, Hughes, Stanley, Union and Yankton counties who had flood damage to their furnaces are encouraged to register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. Individuals may also register for disaster assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or with a Web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.
If the need for repair or replacement is discovered after a homeowner receives disaster assistance to cover cleaning and testing expenses, the resident may file an appeal for additional disaster funds.
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.