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Disaster Assistance

The cost to recover after a disaster, like a storm or flood, is unimaginable. At Crew Construction and Restoration, we want to share the resources available to assist those who were impacted. For Disaster Assistance and the Disaster Recovery Center:

The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have established a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Minnehaha County to provide those who suffered disaster related damage a place to register for aid and get answers to questions about the disaster assistance program.

The DRC is located at:

Southeast Technical Institute

Ed Wood Building, Room 205

2000 N Career Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57107

Hours are Monday- Saturday 9am-6pm local time.

 

To register for state and federal disaster assistance:

Call FEMA 1-800-621-3362 or TTY: 1-800-462-7585 

OR register online: www.disasterassistance.gov

 

Please have the following information to aid in the registration process:

· Social Security Number (yours and co-applicant, if applicable)

· Private insurance information, if available

· Address and zip code of the damaged property

· Directions to the damaged home or property

· Telephone number and where FEMA can reach you

 

FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of South Dakota in the areas affected by severe winter storm, snowstorm and flooding from March 13 – April 26, 2019. Assistance can include the following: low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 

In a recent article on Keloland, Emergency officials are sending out reminders for people filling out applications with FEMA to receive financial assistance due to the spring flooding. Officials say even if FEMA says your application is “ineligible” or “incomplete” you should try again. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says one of the most common problems they see with applications is that applicants forgot to send a copy of an insurance determination letter.

Other problems FEMA is seeing with applications include:

  • The applicant did not sign the required documents
  • The applicant did not prove occupancy or ownership
  • Applicant’s identity may not have been verified
  • The damage is to a secondary home or a rental property, not a primary residence
  • Someone else in the household may have applied and received assistance
  • Disaster related losses could not be verified

State officials also remind everyone, you have the right to file an appeal with FEMA if you are denied. Appeals can be mailed to:

FEMA – Individuals & Households Program
National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055 
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

If you have questions about applying for federal disaster assistance, you can head to any of the Disaster Recovery Centers set up across the state - visit www.disasterassistance.gov for more information. There will also be mobile centers traveling across South Dakota throughout July.