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ND Department of Emergency Services and FEMA to hold flood preparedness meetings in 3 ND communities

Local, state and federal personnel will hold town hall meetings in three North Dakota communities, including Ward County, January 23-26 to help citizens learn more about the flood outlook, flood insurance, and steps residents and business can take to reduce their flood risk in advance of the spring season.

The town hall meetings are open to the public and will provide citizens with the opportunity to hear formal presentations and speak with representatives from local emergency management, North Dakota State Water Commission, North Dakota Disaster Emergency Services and FEMA. Printed information will be available for distribution at each location.

Monday, Jan. 23 -- Ward County
Ward County Courthouse, 7-9 p.m.
315 Third St. SE, Minot

Latest Information

A number of Federal agencies have played and continue to play a role in the recovery efforts in Minot. The following information is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was last updated on December 22, 2011. For the latest progress information from FEMA, go to their site on North Dakota Flooding.

Residents of nine North Dakota counties and one reservation were able to register for assistance with FEMA. FEMA's Individual Assistance program provides aid to get families into safe and secure housing following a disaster and in some cases can provide for essential needs. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest loans to help get people back to their pre-disaster condition. FEMA also coordinates with voluntary agencies that deliver help that cannot be provided by government programs. A summary of efforts in North Dakota is as follows:

  • Statewide more than 10,284 individuals or households registered for assistance.
  • In total, almost $95 million has been provided. $92.8 million has been for rental assistance or home repair, while $2.1 million has been other critical unmet needs.
  • The U.S. SBA approved $245.8 million in low-interest loans. $208.6 million was approved for individuals and $37.2 million was approved for businesses.
  • Disaster Recovery Centers were open in 11 communities and received 14,921 separate visits from applicants while in operation.
  • SBA Business Recovery Centers were open in Minot and Bismarck and received a total of 2,929 visits from business owners while in operation.
  • The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program, managed by Job Service North Dakota and funded by FEMA, provided $2.2 million in benefits.
  • $3.3 million was provided to fund crisis counseling grants.

Direct Housing Mission

  • DeSour Valley Heights - located in Burlington, this 50-unit site was filled in October. It was the first group site to be completed.
  • Virgil Workman Village - located just east of Minot on 55th Street, this is the largest site completed, with 600 total homes. The site was named for a FEMA housing employee who was working in North Dakota and passed away in August.
  • Recovery Village - located on the northeast edge of Minot, this was the final group site to come on line. The site can support nearly 200 homes, but currently has about 60 households.
  • Private Sites - FEMA placed housing units at more than 1,000 private sites, allowing residents to be closer to their damaged homes while making needed repairs.
  • Commercial Sites - FEMA leased space and is housing approximately 250 households at the following sites: Holiday Village, Gulli's, Burlington, Jefferson and Gold Nugget mobile home parks.

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