FEMA assistance timeline drawing near for reservation
White Earth Reservation was recently designated eligible for federal Public Assistance (PA) according to officials from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The major disaster declaration covers disaster-related infrastructure costs caused by severe storms and flooding that began March 16. It provides federal reimbursement to state, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.
Under the PA cost-share program, FEMA funds 75 percent of the approved cost. Eligible work includes debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster and repairing or replacing of damaged public facilities such as roads, bridges, buildings, utilities and recreation areas. The state manages the grants for all projects.
White Earth Emergency Management and White Earth Human Services are in the process of assessing damages from the flood to individual homes. The two departments are gathering information on any individual property damage(s) that may include:
Structural parts of your home (foundation, outside walls, and roof).
Windows, doors, floors, walls, ceilings, and cabinetry.
Septic or sewage system.
Well or other water system.
Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system.
Utilities (electrical, plumbing, and gas systems).
Entrance and exit ways from your home, including privately owned access roads.
Blocking, leveling, and anchoring of a mobile home and reconnecting or resetting its sewer, water, electrical and fuel lines, and tanks.
Contact White Earth Human Services at (218) 935-5554 or 800-763-8629 by Thursday, May 28, if you have experienced any damage to your home due to the elevated water levels.