Disaster aid reaches more than 500 families

Disaster aid reaches more than 500 families
South Dakota's disaster recovery assistance efforts have already reached more than 500 families and provided nearly $345,000 in emergency food, clothing and prescription medicine to storm and flood victims.

Joint outreach teams consisting of local, state and federal officials have reached out to personally visit 510 families up and down the James River Valley.

"Our joint outreach programs have been a great success. In Yankton County we've made contact with nearly all of the storms victims we've identified in the area so far," said Gov. Mike Rounds.

"That's a lot of people doing a lot of good work in a really short amount of time. It's all to help South Dakotans get back on their feet, and we should be proud of that work."

Because of the achievements already made by the outreach teams working out of Yankton, the Yankton Disaster Recovery Center will close at 9 p.m. (CT) on June 1.

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has community relations teams working in the area, and they will continue helping those in need for as long as there is a need. FEMA encourages everyone who suffered losses from the storms to register so they can get the assistance they may be eligible for," said Justin Dombrowski, federal coordinating officer for FEMA.

"People in the area who want further assistance, more questions, or have unmet needs have several options." Rounds said.�"For one, if people call the state Disaster Recovery Help Line to say they still need help, we'll not only get them help, we'll deliver a team of state and federal representatives to their doorstep."

People can also receive state and federal assistance by visiting any of the other four Joint Disaster Recovery Centers. The Disaster Recovery Centers in Aberdeen, Redfield, Huron and Mitchell will remain open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. until further notice.

The state's Disaster Recovery Help Line, 1-866-737-8998, remains open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. People can also register for FEMA assistance at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.

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