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FEMA approves grants to help with Montana fires

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coming through with additional money to help Montana meet the additional costs of fighting fires this summer.

FEMA announced yesterday it was releasing funds to help with the Rice Ridge Fire, Alice Creek Fire, West Fork Fire and the Moose Peak Fire. Rice Ridge and Alice Creek are lighting-caused fires that have been burning fiercely in Missoula, Powell and Lewis and Clark Counties. West Fork and Moose Peak were also caused by lighting and are burning outside Libby in Lincoln County. 

Governor Steve Bullock had made a personal visit to FEMA's administrator, Brock Long, last week to ask for the funds. It's critical because the state's own firefighting funds have been depleted because of the extraordinarily long fire season. 

The funds can be used to pay for up to 75% of direct firefighting costs.

FEMA previously granted money to help with the Lolo Peak Fire and the Lodgepole Fire. 


FEMA opens Missoula center for flood victims

(MISSOULA)- State and federal emergency officials have rolled into Missoula, offering help to people who suffered damages and loss during the flooding in May and June.

Although not as widespread as the floods in Eastern Montana, flooding along the Clark Fork, Bitterroot and other area rivers did cause some hardships for people living closest to the water. The Tower Street and Orchard Homes neighborhoods in Missoula was one of the hardest hit, with residents there trying to deal with flood waters for several weeks.

Now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state have opened a disaster recovery center in Missoula to start processing claims.

The center will be open from Thursday afternoon in the Missoula Emergency Services Training Center at 1220 Burlington Avenue and be open daily through Monday, August 22nd.

The center will give flood victims a chance to talk directly with recovery specialists who can provide information on assistance programs and answer questions.

"Missoula County residents, especially in the Orchard Homes subdivision of Missoula, were hit hard by flooding this year," said Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Administrator Ed Tinsley. "Governor Schweitzer encourages all residents who were affected to register with FEMA, and if you need assistance to visit the Recovery Center."

Homeowners, renters and businesses, whether insured or not, should register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or going online at .  Registration by mobile device is also available at  Multilingual registration can be done by phone.  If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 TTY directly.

"Disaster Recovery Centers are a great resource to residents who have questions about flood-related assistance," FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Doug Mayne said.  "I strongly encourage those affected by the flooding to make registering with FEMA a priority."

"Even if you registered with your county office, you are not registered with FEMA," Mayne said. "The only way to register is to call or go online."

FEMA provides temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation, medical and dental and funeral and burial expenses.  By registering, individuals will also receive an application for a low-interest loan from the Small Business Association.  No one is required to take a loan from the SBA, but loan applications must be submitted to be eligible for the full range of assistance available from FEMA.   

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives are at the disaster centers to answer any questions about the SBA's low-interest disaster loan program for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations of all sizes. These loans are to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storms and flooding.  Applicants have six months after approval to decide whether to accept the loan.


FEMA clears way for assistance for MT flood victims

(HELENA)- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Governor Brian Schweitzer’s formal request to get help for individuals who suffered damage in this year’s floods.

The state requested the money several weeks ago when the Treasure State was coping with some of its worst flooding in decades.

FEMA’s action means the money is now available for residents and tribal members in several counties, including Big Horn, Blackfeet Reservation, Carbon, Cascade, Crow Reservation, Custer, Fergus, Fort Belknap Reservation, Garfield, Hill, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Missoula, Musselshell, Petroleum, Sweet Grass, Valley and Yellowstone. The money can be applied to flood damage that started as early as April 4th and is continuing to be a problem in some areas still coping with cleanup from the high water.

State and federal officials encourage those affected by the disaster to register for assistance immediately by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free line will be in operation from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. (CDT) until further notice. Registration can be accomplished anytime at  

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program includes a wide range of aid, including emergency home repair, temporary disaster housing, replacement grants for serious disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or assistance programs. For those insured, the government may help pay for basic needs not covered by insurance.

Residents must register with FEMA at the above numbers or online to be eligible for all forms of federal assistance.