FEMA denies North Dakota application for individual assistance

BISMARCK–The Governor’s Office has released the following statement following FEMA’s rejection of individual assistance:

“Governor Jack Dalrymple received word today from Craig Fugate, Administer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, that the state’s application for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program has been denied.

“Dalrymple has drafted a response and has left messages with Fugate, expressing his dismay that FEMA would conclude major flooding in North Dakota has not caused significant damage to warrant federal assistance to homeowners and businesses.

“Fugate’s letter, which was received late Thursday, stated that “the damage to the residences from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to warrant the implementation of Individual Assistance…”

“I find it hard to believe that FEMA does not see the destructive effects of flooding on citizens in North Dakota,” Dalrymple said. “The damages to homes and businesses throughout the state are obvious.

“Our understanding from regional FEMA representatives is that North Dakota’s application for Individual Assistance was considered well-prepared and that damages are well documented,” he said.

“Dalrymple’s letter to Fugate and Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, includes references to more than 800 homes in the Bismarck-Mandan area that have been evacuated due to severe flooding. The letter also makes reference to several hundred additional structures in the Devils Lake region that have been damaged by floodwaters; and that the city of Minot evacuated 10,000 residents to protect them from flooding along the Souris River.

“There is a reason why there currently are 95 FEMA personnel in North Dakota,” Dalrymple said. “Any person who is paying any attention whatsoever can easily see the tremendous damages to property across the state. Many people who have left their homes cannot wait for assistance with living expenses.”

“Dalrymple has asked Fugate and Secretary Napolitano to reconsider the state’s request for Individual Assistance and he has asked the state Department of Emergency Services to seek an explanation from FEMA’s regional office.

“Together, the various services under the individual assistance program can help people pay for temporary housing, repairs to their homes, and funding toward replacement of a home that has been totally destroyed. It also includes “Other Needs Assistance,” which may cover medical, transportation, moving and storage, and other expenses associated with personal loss due to flooding.  People who have lost their jobs or are unable to reach their place of work may also be eligible for assistance.”

7 thoughts on “FEMA denies North Dakota application for individual assistance

  1. Napolitano was are Governor of AZ, she ran the state in to debt ,and run to DC under the Nut job ,She is out for only herself .

  2. I thought North Dakota was going to show D.C. how it’s done…. Why are we looking for another handout without indicating any movement toward taking steps to remedy the problem? Especially when the country is broke and the state is drowning in money?

    Consistency, people. Come on, consistency.

    • You got it! Well said… See my comment. It seems people only want federal help when it’s convenient… the rest of the time, “we don’t need no stinkin’ federal rules and handouts!”

  3. This isn’t the first time FEMA has denied assistance.
    When I was still in Wyoming, the state was under a drought declaration, and one night the town of Kaycee was hit by a massive storm that dumped over 10 inches of rain in just a couple of hours. The whole city was flooded, and when FEMA was asked for help, they flat out said “NO!” They refused to help because of the drought declaration, though only parts of Wyoming was getting drought assistance, and Kaycee was NOT one of them. Something needs to change, and it needs to change now. They should be offering aid regardless.

  4. While I have to sympathize with the many who suffered horribly – and have personal experience from living through multiple floods in my native Pennsylvania – it does seem to me that many who bemoan the lack of FEMA assistance here (and other federal entitlement programs) are the same people who complain the the federal government is too intrusive in their lives; they refuse to support programs like healthcare for the poor, federal school programs, Medicaid, and so forth… yet when it comes to their needs, they’re first in line. I sincerely hope those who suffered loss in this spring’s flooding aren’t those types of people, and realize that government has had a place in people’s lives for thousands of years… otherwise, what’s the point?

  5. ND is a one of a few states in the black. Can they not even even try to utilize some of that to help their taxpaying residents? Throughout this entire recession everyone says “hand me money” and once they have theirs its “stop, we are drowning in debt.” Am I the only one who sees this? How ’bout the fatcats take a paycut or use some of their deep pockets to stimulate the economy. Nimrods!

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