South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has signed an emergency declaration to assist counties in the stated affected by the blizzard and flood that struck this week.
The emergency declaration will allow funds from the state’s Disaster Fund to be used by state agencies for resources used at the request of a county. The order also allows for the South Dakota National Guard to be activated if necessary.
“This has been a statewide emergency with people impacted by heavy snow, high winds, rain, and freezing rain” Noem said. “This emergency declaration provides state agencies flexibility to help counties recover.”
Departments like Public Safety and Transportation have been working before the storm’s onset. Noem then activated the State Emergency Operations Center Thursday. The center helps to coordinate the state’s response to affected areas.
“We want to ensure our infrastructure remains strong during this period and people get the help they need,” said Noem.
The state could request a Presidential Disaster Declaration and ask for federal funds to help in recovery efforts.