BISMARCK, N.D. - More than $339 million in federal and state disaster assistance has now been obligated to North Dakotans for this year's spring flooding. The deadline to apply for two types of assistance for individuals and businesses has been extended to Nov. 21.
By the close of business on Sept. 22 some 10,135 individuals had registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance. More than $91 million has been approved for a total of 8,881 grants for temporary housing and essential home repairs. Another $1.9 million has been approved for the Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program which includes serious disaster-related needs such as personal property losses, and medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. So far, over 500 Temporary Housing Units have been occupied on private sites by residents repairing their homes.
Individuals and businesses in Barnes, Benson, Burleigh, McHenry, Morton, Ramsey, Renville, Richland and Ward counties, and the Spirit Lake Nation may apply for disaster assistance. State and federal officials encourage those affected by the disaster to register for assistance immediately by calling: 800-621-3362 (also applies for VRS and 711-Relay users) or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free line is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. Individuals may also register for disaster assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov or with a smart phone at m.fema.gov.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $222.8 million to date in low-interest disaster loans to residents and businesses. SBA disaster representatives are available at Disaster Recovery Centers and the Business Recovery Center to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA's low-interest disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each resident or business owner complete an application.
Additional information about SBA loans is available through SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing email@example.com or visiting SBA's website at www.sba.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call TTY 800-877-8339. Applicants may also apply for SBA loans online at SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), funded by FEMA and administered by Job Service North Dakota, has provided more than $1.1 million to residents who are unemployed because of the flood disaster. DUA provides temporary income assistance to workers-including farmers and ranchers-and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
The deadline for applying for FEMA assistance and SBA loans is Nov. 21. The deadline to apply for DUA has now passed.
Additionally, $817,611 in federal funds has been obligated for a state-managed crisis counseling program to help individuals and communities cope with after-effects of the disaster.
Free legal assistance is available to individuals through the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. This help is provided to those who may need disaster-related legal services. Information is available by calling the Disaster Legal Services Hotline at 800-634-5263 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday, or apply online at www.legalassist.org. Callers and online applicants should identify that they are seeking flood-related legal assistance.
FEMA's Public Assistance program provides funding reimbursement for eligible costs incurred for emergency response or damage to public infrastructure. Public Assistance has been approved for 44 counties...