PIERRE — Gov. Kristi Noem encourages South Dakota individuals and businesses impacted by this spring’s winter storms and flooding to take advantage of the Disaster Recovery Centers now operational throughout the state.
The centers, opened by the state of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are part of the response effort provided by the presidential disaster declaration approved for the state. Centers are now open in Sioux Falls and Yankton and on the Pine Ridge Reservation and Rosebud Reservation. Additional centers may be opened elsewhere depending on the need.
“We know many individuals and businesses were impacted by this spring’s weather storm that occurred from mid-March to late April,” said Noem. “These Disaster Recovery Centers are the places where folks can get the assistance they need from various organizations. These centers are there to help people and businesses.”
Representatives from the State of South Dakota, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and other organizations are at the centers. State government agencies represented at the centers are the Departments of Health, Human Services, Labor and Regulation, Social Services, and the South Dakota Housing Development. The centers are open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. local time.
“Everybody that has been impacted has different issues and needs,” said Noem. “Those agencies at the centers can help match each individual and business with the resources they need most.”
Disaster Recovery Centers at Pine Ridge and Yankton opened last Thursday. The Sioux Falls center opened Monday and the Rosebud Reservation center Tuesday. In the first week, 413 people have visited the centers, with 294 stopping at the Pine Ridge Center.
It is encouraged that those needing assistance should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. People can go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or DisasterAssistance.gov/es (for Spanish). The disaster assistance helpline is 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice.
“We really encourage people to actually visit and use the disaster recovery centers,” Noem concluded. “That is the best way to get information from the agencies that can help you.”
Centers are open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. local time and are located at:
• Sioux Falls — Ed Wood Center, Room 205, Southeast Technical Institute, 2000 N. Career Ave., Sioux Falls
• Yankton — Yankton County EM Building, 807 Capital St., Yankton
• Pine Ridge Reservation — Billy Mills Building, 85 E. Main St, Pine Ridge
• Rosebud Reservation — Rosebud Veterans Building, 200 Akicita St., Rosebud