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Region VIII

Use Disaster Funds as Intended to Ensure Continued Eligibility

PIERRE, S.D. – State and federal disaster assistance is bringing needed financial help to homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damage or loss as a result of the severe storms and flooding occurring between March 13 and April 26. Emergency management officials encourage recipients to use disaster funds wisely and for their intended purpose to ensure continued eligibility for assistance.

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Closing in Sioux Falls and Yankton This Saturday

PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will close two disaster recovery centers at 6 p.m Central time this Saturday, July 13. The facilities ceasing operation are located at the Southeast Technical Instititute, 2000 N. Career Place in Sioux Falls and the County Emergency Management Building, 807 Capital St. in Yankton.

One Month After Federal Disaster Declaration, South Dakotans Benefitting from Federal Assistance

PIERRE, S.D. – One month after President Donald J. Trump approved a major disaster declaration for South Dakota because of severe winter storms and flooding, federal agencies have provided nearly $1.9 million in grants and loans to assist in recovery.

In the first 30 days since the June 7 declaration, FEMA has paid out $643,091 for home repair or replacement and rental expenses and $114,664 for repair or replacement of personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, moving expenses and other disaster-related needs.

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Closed on July 4th Holiday

PIERRE, SD – Disaster Recovery Centers opened by the State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The centers will resume regular operations at 9 a.m. Friday, July 5.

Individuals and business owners who suffered losses in the severe winter storms and flooding in South Dakota from mid-March to late April 2019 can visit Disaster Recovery Centers to register for federal assistance and receive in-person support for their recovery needs.

FEMA Eligibility Letter May Not Be Last Word on Disaster Assistance

PIERRE, S.D. – If you applied for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency because of the severe storms/flooding earlier this year and received a letter or text message saying you were not eligible for disaster aid, you should know that the first communication may not be the last word. There may be an easy-to-resolve reason why some applicants received a notice stating that they are ineligible for assistance.

If you were informed that your application is “ineligible” or “incomplete” more information may be needed.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available to Those Who Qualify

PIERRE, S.D. – Farmers and ranchers, employees and self-employed individuals in 16 counties and reservations across South Dakota who are unable to work as a result of the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April may be eligible for disaster unemployment. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor, Disaster Unemployment Assistance is administered locally.

FEMA Hiring South Dakota Residents to Help With Disaster Recovery

Pierre, S.D. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now hiring for full-time, temporary jobs to help communities recover from the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. Positions will be based in Pierre, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen, and may require local travel.

Residents and Business in Turner County Now Eligible for Disaster Assistance

PIERRE, S.D. – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Turner County may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019.

State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens on Cheyenne River Reservation

PIERRE, S.D. – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have opened a disaster recovery center on the Cheyenne River Reservation to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. This follows previous openings in Minnehaha and Yankton counties, and the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.

Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers Coming to South Dakota Counties

PIERRE, SD – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are sending mobile Disaster Recovery Centers to five counties across the state to offer in-person support to individuals and businesses that suffered losses from the severe winter storms and flooding from mid-March to late April 2019. This follows openings of fixed-site Disaster Recovery Centers in Minnehaha and Yankton counties, Pine Ridge Reservation, and the Rosebud Reservation.