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Presidential Disaster Declaration Approval

Public infrastructure damage assistance will be provided to the counties of:  Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Clay, Codington, Day, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Hanson, Hutchinson, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, and Turner, as well as the Flandreau Indian and Lake Traverse Reservations.

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Letter requesting disaster delcaration


FEMA Notice of Intent to Reimburse

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to
reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair and/or replace facilities damaged by Severe Storm,
Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, and Flooding during the incident period of June 11-14, 2022. This notice
applies to Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs (HMGP) implemented under the
authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5121-5207.
Under a major disaster declaration (FEMA-4664-DR-SD) signed by President Biden on August 2, 2022,
the following counties are eligible for Public Assistance:
Butte, Haakon, Jackson, Jones, McPherson, and Spink.
Additional counties may be designated at a later date.
All jurisdictions in the State of South Dakota are eligible for HMGP under FEMA-4664-DR-SD. 

Read the full Initial Public Notice DR-4664

DR-4664 South Dakota Green Sheet



The weather in South Dakota certainly keeps us on our toes.  Severe weather and related disasters (like flooding and wildfires) can strike quickly and without warning.  Preparation is key to minimizing your risk and recovering quickly.  For severe weather preparedness tips, take a look at our severe weather preparedness guide.


The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourages the development of comprehensive preparedness and disaster management plans, programs, capabilities and organizations by the state and its local governments. Because disasters often disrupt the normal functioning of governments, communities and families, OEM provides the organization necessary to expedite aid, rehabilitation and the rapid acquisition and delivery of resources.


Our purpose is to protect South Dakotans and their property from the effects of natural, manmade, and technological disasters.  To fulfill our charge, we recognize the four phases of emergency management:  Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation.  


The Office of Emergency Management strives to create a rapid, effective, and compassionate emergency management system that wholly prepares our citizens, our communities, and our state to be self-reliant when facing emergencies and disasters and rely less on government.



OEM focuses on four key pillars to plan for emergencies, coordinate response, aid in disaster recovery and, through mitigation, reduce or eliminate loss if the same event should happen again.

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