Senator Jon Tester has directed his staff to attend each of the State of Montana’s upcoming Public Assistance Briefings for communities affected by recent flooding. Tester is also encouraging local community leaders and representatives to attend the briefings for information about assistance for damage to public infrastructure.

 Representatives from the State of Montana’s Disaster and Emergency Services Division, along with FEMA, will use the six briefings to outline steps to apply for Public Assistance funding.  The money can be used to address flood damage to public infrastructure like roads.

 Public Assistance—separate from Individual Assistance—is available to Montana city and county governments, tribal governments, stage agencies, and private non-profit organizations (such as rural electric co-ops and irrigation districts) that qualify for damage assistance.

 Tester’s staff will attend each meeting in its entirety and will be on hand to help answer questions. Below is a list of the meetings:


Thursday, June 23 at 2 p.m.

MSU Billings—Student Union Ballroom

1500 University Drive


Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m.

Yogo Inn Conference Room

211 East Main Street

 Havre, Rocky Boy/Ft. Belknap

Tuesday, June 28 at 9 a.m.

Hill County Electric Coop—Hospitality Room

2121 Highway 2 Northwest


Wednesday, June 29 at 10 a.m.

FMDH Hospital—Conference Room

621 3rd Street South

Miles City

Thursday, June 30 at 9 a.m.

Miles City Community College-Rooms 106 and 107

2715 Dickinson Street

Crow Tribe/Crow Agency, Northern Cheyene

Thursday, June 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Location TBD