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Governor Orders 1 p.m. Local Time Closure For State Government Offices in 42 Counties
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered a 1 p.m., local time closing for state government executive branch offices in 42 counties included in the current blizzard warning.

Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Sioux Falls and Mitchell
SIOUX FALLS, SD – FEMA mitigation and flood insurance specialists will be at Menards in Sioux Falls and Mitchell next week to offer advice and tips on how to repair storm damage and rebuild safer and stronger.


South Dakota Disaster Recovery Centers to Close, But Help Still Available
SIOUX FALLS, SD—All of the remaining Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in South Dakota are scheduled to permanently close at the end of this week. The deadline for registration is January 31, 2020.


Highway Patrol Now Accepting Trooper Applications
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is looking for a group of new troopers to carry the agency through the new decade and beyond.


Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Sioux Falls and Mitchell
SIOUX FALLS, SD – FEMA mitigation and flood insurance specialists will be at The Home Depot in Sioux Falls and True Value Hardware in Mitchell this week to offer advice and tips on how to repair storm damage and rebuild safer and stronger.

Names Released in Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Waubay, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Watertown.


Lawrence County Fatal Crash
NEMO, S.D. – One person died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday morning southwest of Nemo, S.D.


Applications Now Available for Infrastructure Disaster Recovery Program
PIERRE, S.D. – Applications are now available for local governmental entities who want to apply for the new Infrastructure Disaster Recovery Program.

FEMA Registration Deadline Extended
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The deadline to register with FEMA for disaster assistance after the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from Sept. 9-26 has been extended to January 31, 2020.

Codington County Fatal Crash
WATERTOWN, S.D. – One person died and two others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Thursday night west of Watertown.


Disaster Recovery Center Opens Friday in Aurora County
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The State of South Dakota and FEMA will open a disaster recovery center in Plankinton to offer face-to-face support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from September 9-26.

Additional Counties Approved for FEMA Assistance
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Homeowners and renters in Aurora County may now register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and loss resulting from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred Sept. 9 – 26, 2019.


Let FEMA Determine Eligibility
Sioux Falls, S.D. – The State of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Agency encourage everyone with damage from the September 9-26, 2019 severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding to register for federal disaster assistance.


Names Released in Moody County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – A Renner, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died in a fatal crash Saturday morning on Interstate 29 west of Flandreau.

Minnehaha Disaster Recovery Center to Close January 11
SIOUX FALLS, SD—The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Sioux Falls will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Specialists in the DRC have been meeting directly with residents to review their registrations. Visits to the center have now slowed, leading to the closing.


Moody County Fatal Crash
BROOKINGS, S.D. – One person died in a fatal crash Saturday morning on Interstate 29 west of Flandreau.


Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Brookings and Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, SD – FEMA mitigation and flood insurance specialists will be at Lowe’s in Brookings and Sioux Falls next week to offer advice and tips on how to repair storm damage and rebuild safer and stronger.

Names Released In Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 30-year-old Sioux Falls man has been identified as the person who died in a two-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning north of Sioux Falls.

DPS to Implement Capitol Security Measures Jan. 13, Capitol Access Pass Available for Frequent Visitors
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Public Safety today announced that new safety measures that include a security screening process at the South Dakota State Capitol Building will begin Monday, Jan. 13.

Hanson County Disaster Recovery Center Extended
SIOUX FALLS, SD — The Hanson County Disaster Recovery Center will now remain open until further notice.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and another was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Tuesday morning north of Sioux Falls.

New Year of Sobriety Checkpoints Begins in January
PIERRE, S.D. – Another year of sobriety checkpoints starts throughout South Dakota in January.


Governor Orders 1 p.m. Opening For State Government Offices in 46 Counties
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered a 1 p.m. local time Monday opening for state government executive branch offices in counties impacted by this past weekend’s winter storm.


Hanson County Disaster Recovery Center Extended to Jan. 4
SIOUX FALLS, SD — The Hanson County Disaster Recovery Center will now remain open until 6 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 4, 2020. It will not close on Saturday Dec. 28as previously announced.


Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Yankton
SIOUX FALLS, SD – FEMA mitigation specialists will visit Kopetsky’s Ace Hardware in Yankton to offer advice on how to repair and rebuild structures safer and stronger.

Names Released in Marshall County Fatal Crash
VEBLEN, S.D. – Names have been released of the two people who died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash near Veblen.


Marshall County Fatal Crash
VEBLEN, S.D. – Two people died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash near Veblen.

DPS Officials Urge Safe Driving During Christmas Week
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety reminds people that a safe Christmas holiday begins when they get behind the wheel.


Holiday Closures Set for Disaster Recovery Centers
Disaster Recovery Centers in South Dakota will be closed Christmas and New Year's Day.


Fire Safety A Must During Holidays
PIERRE, S.D. – Lights and other decorations are part of the holiday season, but South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says decorations, especially candles, can create safety hazards and cause fires when not used properly.

Understanding FEMA Assistance Decisions and Your Right to Appeal
SIOUX FALLS, SD—If you received a letter from FEMA saying you are not eligible for federal disaster assistance, you may wonder what happened. The letter will explain why the decision was made. Missing documentation and not enough damage to essential living space are among the most common reasons one can initially be found ineligible.


One Month South Dakota Disaster Recovery Update
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One month after President Donald J. Trump approved a major disaster declaration for South Dakota because of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding, federal agencies have provided more than $6.5 million in grants and loans to assist in recovery as of Dec. 18, 2019.


Yankton Disaster Recovery Center to Close December 21
SIOUX FALLS, SD—The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Yankton will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. Specialists in the DRC have been meeting directly with applicants to review their applications. Visits to the center have now slowed, leading to the closing.


Register Now for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Workers who lost their jobs, and self-employed individuals and farmworkers who have been unable to work due to the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred Sept. 9-26, 2019 may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is administered by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.


State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Davison County
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The State of South Dakota and FEMA have opened a disaster recovery center in Mitchell, Davison County, to offer face-to-face support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from September 9 - 26.


State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Minnehaha County
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The State of South Dakota and FEMA have opened a disaster recovery center in Minnehaha County to offer face-to-face support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from September 9 - 26.


FEMA Can Assist With Furnaces, Wells and Septic Systems
SIOUX FALLS, SD – As the temperatures drop, the furnace becomes the most important appliance in the home. South Dakotans who had a furnace damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between September 9 - 26, should contact FEMA, even if they have already made repairs or purchased a replacement. FEMA can also help with wells and septic systems impacted by the disaster.


Disaster Recovery Centers Coming to Six South Dakota Counties
SIOUX FALLS – 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.


State and FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Yankton
SIOUX FALLS, SD – The State of South Dakota and FEMA have opened a disaster recovery center in Yankton to offer face-to-face support to individuals and businesses impacted by the tornadoes, severe storms and flooding from September 9-26.

Names Released in Beadle County Fatal Crash
CAVOUR, S.D. – A Cavour, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Friday morning in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred south of Cavour.


Beadle County Fatal Crash
CAVOUR, S.D. – One person died early Friday morning in a one-vehicle rollover that occurred south of Cavour.

Names Released in Spink County Fatal Crash
TULARE, S.D. – Two females from Leola, S.D., have been identified as the people who died in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Sunday night south of Tulare.


FEMA Denies South Dakota’s Disaster Request Appeal
PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Public Safety has announced that FEMA denied the state’s appeal for a presidential disaster declaration covering severe weather damage done in six South Dakota counties from Aug. 2-11, 2019.

December Sobriety Checkpoints Announced
PIERRE, S.D. – Sobriety checkpoints are scheduled for 14 counties statewide during December.


FEMA Representatives to Visit South Dakota Neighborhoods
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Residents of South Dakota counties affected by September severe storms, tornadoes and flooding may soon see FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams and home inspectors in their neighborhoods.

DPS Officials Urge Safe Travel During Thanksgiving Holiday
PIERRE, S.D. – Thanksgiving is a time for traveling and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety wants citizens to get to their destinations safely.


Be Safe With Fires This Thanksgiving
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal reminds people to enjoy all the great food this Thanksgiving holiday, but also to be mindful that fires occur more often this time of year.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Madison
SIOUX FALLS, SD – 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.

Spink County Fatal Crash
TULARE, S.D. – Two people died and three other people were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Sunday night south of Tulare.


Names Released in Lyman County Fatal Crash
KENNEBEC, S.D. – Names have been released of the two people who died in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Tuesday morning north of Kennebec.


REGISTER WITH FEMA FOR POTENTIAL FEDERAL RECOVERY AID
PIERRE, SD – Residents of 11 South Dakota counties and two reservations may now register with FEMA. Registration opens the door to a number of federal disaster assistance programs, as well as referrals to other forms of aid.


Lyman County Fatal Crash
KENNEBEC, S.D. – Two people died and another was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Tuesday morning north of Kennebec.


Name Released in Brookings County Fatal Crash
WHITE, S.D. – A White, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of White.


Brookings County Fatal Crash
WHITE, S.D. – One person died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of White.


Names Released in Dewey County Fatal Crash
RIDGEVIEW, S.D. – A 61-year-old Mission, S.D. man has been identified as the person who died Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Ridgeview.


Dewey County Fatal Crash
RIDGEVIEW, S.D. – One person died Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash west of Ridgeview.


Names Released in Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Names now have been released of the two Sioux Falls juvenile males involved in a one-vehicle fatal crash Tuesday night in Sioux Falls.


DPS: State’s REAL ID System Meets Federal Requirement
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has announced that South Dakota is now more than 99 percent compliant in its efforts to meet the federal government’s enforcement deadline of the Real ID license regulations next year.

Names Released in Fall River County Fatal Crash
OELRICHS, S.D. – An Olglala, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Oelrichs.


Minnehaha County Fatal Crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One person died and another was seriously injured in a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday night in Sioux Falls

Names Released in Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
SCOTLAND, S.D. – Names have been released of the two adults and one juvenile who died in a two-vehicle crash Friday south of Scotland.


Names Released in Miner County Fatal Crash
HOWARD, S.D. – A Valley Springs, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died last Thursday in a two-vehicle crash west of Howard.

Names Released in Roberts County Fatal Crash
BROWNS VALLEY, S.D. – A Sisseton, S.D., woman has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Browns Valley.


Names Released in Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – A Sioux Falls, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died in a fatal crash involving four vehicles early Wednesday morning north of Beresford.

Fall River County Fatal Crash
OELRICHS, S.D. – One person died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash north of Oelrichs.


Roberts County Fatal Crash
BROWNS VALLEY, S.D. – One person died and three others were seriously injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash south of Browns Valley.

Bon Homme County Fatal Crash
SCOTLAND, S.D. – One adult and one juvenile died and another person was seriously injured Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Scotland.


Miner County Fatal Crash
HOWARD, S.D. – One person died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash west of Howard.

State Capitol to Implement New Safety Measures
PIERRE, S.D. – Secretary Craig Price and the Department of Public Safety today announced that a new safety measure designed to keep South Dakota’s state Capitol building safe and accessible to the public will begin this fall.


Lincoln County Fatal Crash
BERESFORD, S.D. – One person died and two others were injured in a fatal crash involving four vehicles early Wednesday morning north of Beresford.


Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash
KEYSTONE, S.D. – A 49-year-old Keystone, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Keystone.

DPS Announces November Sobriety Checkpoints
PIERRE, S.D. – State Department of Public Safety officials say sobriety checkpoints are planned in 18 counties statewide during November.


Daylight Savings Times End Sunday Make Sure To Check Smoke Alarms
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota homeowners are reminded to take care of their clocks and smoke alarms this weekend.


Charles Mix County Fatal Crash
WAGNER, S.D. – One person died and another person was injured Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Wagner.

Names Released in Kingsbury County Fatal Crash
ARLINGTON, S.D. – A 37-year-old man has died of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Sept. 28, 2019 southwest of Arlington.


Pennington County Fatal Crash
KEYSTONE, S.D. – One person died early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash west of Keystone.