Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Emergency Preparedness Resources

Following severe disaster events, Local, State and Federal governments may respond through a range of disaster management arrangements to address both the physical and financial needs of affected communities.

The Small Business Administration may also provide grants, loans and specifically offers a disaster loan program for business if it is declared a disaster area.  For additional information, contact SBA at 1.800.659.2955 or email Contact the local Offices:  Pierre at 605.773.2783; Sioux Falls at 605.330.4243; and Aberdeen at 605.229.5335.

First Children’s Finance can provide possible loans and technical assistance for child care centers located in South Dakota.  You can contact them for more information at 1.866.562.6801 or online.

American Red Cross

The local Red Cross may assist with more than immediate needs of safe shelter during a disaster.  Assistance for reunification of family members, recovering emotionally, basic essentials, meals, first aid, handling financial concerns, insurance claims and replacing vital documents are all available.  All services to disaster victims are provided free of charge.

Serving Central & Western South Dakota – 605.342.4010
Serving Eastern South Dakota – 605.336.2448

Download your free emergency mobile app.

The American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site also provides families with a tool to exchange welfare information with loved ones and friends in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Those worried about the safety of a survivor can access the site, enter either the name and telephone. It is important to note that names of minors in American Red Cross shelters are not posted to Safe and Well without the consent of a parent or legal guardian. However, the American Red Cross will provide information to law enforcement or child welfare agencies in emergency situations if it is in the best interests of the child.   Safe and Well is accessible to the public from the American Red Cross Website.

The Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7 support, call1.800.985.5990. Find out more information about the helpline at