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Two Weeks Left for South Dakotans to File With FEMA

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October 11, 2011
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PIERRE, S.D. -- There are just two weeks left for South Dakotans to file claims for disaster aid with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), disaster officials announced today.

The last day to file for aid with FEMA is Monday, October 24th.

“Please register with us soon,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gary Stanley of FEMA. “If you may have damage, or you may need a loan to repair or rebuild from flood damage, register now so that option is available.”

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Charles Mix, Hughes, Stanley, Union and Yankton counties may be eligible for this assistance. They can register for it by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585, by going online at, or through a Web-enabled mobile device or Smartphone by going to

A toll-free legal services hotline is also available for South Dakota residents affected by flooding. The hotline allows callers to request pro bono assistance from a lawyer on issues they may be facing because of the flood, such as replacing legal documents, filing insurance claims, or counseling on foreclosure or tenant issues. Affected residents may call 1-888-870-3176 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday. Messages can be left at any time. Callers should identify that they are seeking flood-related legal assistance. Resources are also available online at the State Bar of South Dakota’s Web site,

October 24 is also the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for property damage to the  U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  SBA has approved more than $3.8 million in federal disaster loans to date to help South Dakota residents and businesses recover from disaster losses.

SBA offers low-interest federal disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to help  pay for repair or replacement of disaster-damaged property. Loan amounts may be up to $200,000 for a primary residence, $40,000 for personal property and $2 million for business assets. Interest rates may be as low as 2.563% for homeowners and renters, 4% for businesses, and 3% for nonprofit organizations.

Small businesses and most private, nonprofit organizations may apply for SBA loans of up to $2 million to help meet disaster caused working capital needs. These working capital loans are available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Homeowners and renters should submit their SBA disaster loan application, even if they are not sure if they will need or want a loan. There are no fees or costs to apply. Approved applicants will have the time they need to decide if they want the loan. If SBA cannot approve their application, in most cases they refer the applicant to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program for possible additional assistance.

Applicants may apply online via SBA’s secure Web site at  SBA information and assistance is also available by calling SBA at (800) 659-2955, emailing, or on SBA’s Web site Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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