From P&D Staff Reports

For the second time this year, FEMA has established a recovery center in Yankton to help those impacted by Mother Nature.

In a press release issued Monday, the State of South Dakota and FEMA announced they have opened a disaster recovery center in Yankton to offer face-to-face support to individuals and businesses impacted by the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding from Sept. 9-26.

This follows the center previously opened in Madison; additional locations around the state will be announced later.

The Yankton center is located at the Yankton County Emergency Management Building, 807 Capitol Street. Business hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. You are asked to park and enter from Douglas Street.

This is the same location that a recover center was established earlier this year to help area residents cope with the fallout of the March bomb cyclone.

Representatives from the State of South Dakota, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs. FEMA Hazard Mitigation specialists will also be available to provide advice on rebuilding to avoid damage from future disasters.

Homeowners, renters and businesses can register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. There are several ways to register:

• By calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 (v/VRS/711) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Lines are open daily from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Help is available in most languages.

Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology to aid in communication.

The South Dakota areas now designated for Individual Assistance are: Brookings, Charles Mix, Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody, and Yankton counties and the Flandreau and Yankton Indian Reservations.

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