Davison County Office of Emergency Management says flood-impacted residents can start to prepare to request individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. The assistance is available for citizens who sustained losses or damages during the flood incident of Sept. 9–26.

The announcement follows Monday's news that President Donald Trump has approved South Dakota's disaster declaration request from the mid-September flooding that caused at least $17 million in damage, according to preliminary assessments. At least $8 million in individual assistance damage has been estimated.

Citizens affected by the disaster can begin registering now for assistance. Assistance will be approved or denied on an individual basis. There is no penalty for being denied for assistance, so citizens are highly encouraged to register even if they don’t feel their damages are enough. Types of assistance that can be provided: home repair, rental assistance if displaced, personal property loss, child care costs, medical bills, funeral bills, and vehicle damage.

To register, please call 1-800-621-3362. You will need to provide some basic information as well as your Social Security Number, any private insurance information you have, address and zip code, phone number, and basic directions to your home. In addition, residents can also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

FEMA will also look to place a Disaster Recovery Center in Davison County within the next few weeks. This way, citizens can speak with federal and state representatives face to face and ask any questions they have. We are currently coordinating this effort with FEMA and will reach out when we have more information to share.