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South Dakota Disaster Recovery Centers to Close, But Help Still Available


January 16, 2020



SDDPS: Tony Mangan (605) 773-6196

FEMA: News Desk (605) 323-6755

SBA: PIO Contact (571) 457-9778

News Release

 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.


The centers in Alexandria, Mitchell and Madison will close Friday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.


The center in Plankinton will close Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.


Since the DRCs have opened, specialists have met with more than 1,100 residents to assist with registrations and resolve issues.


After the centers close, homeowners and renters with disaster-related damage in designated counties can still register with FEMA, or get other help:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • 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.



FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.


The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or visit SBA at www.SBA.gov/disaster .