More FEMA Recovery Centers set to open

The State of South Dakota and FEMA are opening Disaster Recovery Centers in six counties across the state. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses that suffered losses from the severe winter storms and flooding from Sept. 9 – 26, 2019. Each center will be open for five days.

Visitors to the centers can learn about a variety of federal and state disaster recovery resources, in addition to aid available from voluntary organizations.  Center staff can explain available assistance programs and help connect people with resources that best match their specific needs.

All locations except Hutchinson County will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Locations are:

Brookings (Brookings County)  Tuesday, December 10 – Saturday, December 14 Brookings Research and Technology Center 809 32nd Ave, Brookings, SD

Flandreau (Moody County)  Tuesday, December 17 – Saturday, December 21 Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 505 S. Wind St., Flandreau, SD

Olivet (Hutchinson County)  Tuesday, December 10 – Saturday, December 14  ** (Hours: 8 a.m. –  4:30 p.m. Tues. – Fri.; Sat. 9a.m.  –  6p.m.) Hutchinson County Courthouse Room 166 201 Mentor St., Olivet, SD

Lake Andes (Charles Mix County)  Tuesday, December 17 – Saturday, December 21 County 4-H Building 100 School St., Lake Andes, SD

Salem (McCook County)  Tuesday, December 10 – Saturday, December 14 Salem Armory 720 N. Peck St., Salem SD

Alexandria (Hanson County)  Tuesday, December 17 – Saturday, December 21 Hanson County Courthouse 720 5th St., Alexandria, SD

Individuals can visit any of the centers for assistance. Use the FEMA mobile app, or visit for current open locations.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. There are several ways to register: • Online at  • By calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY: 800-462-7585. Lines are open daily from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Help is available in most languages. • At one of FEMA’s disaster recovery center locations.

All recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology to aid in communication. ASL interpretation is available upon request; contact the Recovery Center Manager upon arrival.

The South Dakota areas eligible to register with FEMA are Brookings, Charles Mix, Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody and Yankton counties and the Flandreau and Yankton Indian Reservations.