Minnesota residents have two weeks left to register for federal disaster aid

Published 9:49 am Monday, January 16, 2017

If you suffered losses or damage in the Sept. 21 to Sept. 24 severe storms and flooding, the time to register for federal disaster assistance is now. With only two weeks left to apply, Minnesota officials and FEMA are urging eligible residents in designated counties to apply for assistance as soon as possible. The registration deadline is Jan. 30.

Residents of Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, LeSueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties who suffered damage or loss from the September storms and flooding may be eligible for assistance.

Assistance from FEMA may include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

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Survivors in the designated counties may register for assistance in the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

Call 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS-Video Relay Service; TTY: 800-462-7585).

Operators, including multilingual ones, are available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The official FEMA app is available for download at Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Or, visit fema.gov/mobile-app. to download the app.

A free multilingual guide to the types of available assistance is online at fema.gov/pdf/assistance/process/help_after_disaster_english.pdf.

For more information on Minnesota recovery, visit the disaster webpages at fema.gov/disaster/4290, Ready.gov/Minnesota and dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem.