The State of South Dakota and FEMA have opened a disaster recovery center in Madison to offer face-to-face support to individuals and businesses impacted by the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding from September 9-26. This is the first center to open; additional locations around the state will be announced later. The center is located at:
Lake County Disaster Recovery Center
455 S. Highland Ave. in Madison (former Cars for Les building)
Hours of Operation are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28)
Representatives from the State of South Dakota, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.
Homeowners, renters and businesses can register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. There are several ways to register:
-Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or DisasterAssistance.gov/es (for Spanish).
-Use the FEMA mobile app in English or Spanish.
-Call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.
-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.