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Jul 31, 2017

Tester Launches Portal to Assist Montanans Impacted By Wildfire and Drought

Tester Urges Montanans Suffering Financial Loss to Quickly Contact His Office


(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester today launched an online portal to assist Montanans who have suffered financial loss related to wildfire and drought.

Tester is encouraging Montana farmers and ranchers, business owners, and families who have been impacted by wildfire and drought to contact his office through the online portal so he can quickly help guide them towards any financial assistance or additional resources that they are qualified to receive as a result of their loss.

"As fires and drought spread across Montana, I want to make sure that folks have access to the resources they need to recover from significant financial loss," Tester said. "Businesses and families often don't realize this assistance is available to them after a natural disaster. If you have been impacted by fire or drought, please contact my office as soon as possible so I can get you squared away with the grazing relief, small businesses loan, or recovery funds that are available to folks who suffer financial loss due to natural disasters."

Tester's online portal can be found below.

Tester has secured additional resources for Montana farmers and ranchers facing extreme drought and he requested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture prioritize approving applications for producers in extreme drought designated areas in Montana.

Tester has urged Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon to prioritize assisting Montana small businesses that apply for Disaster Loan Assistance because of business downturns due to devastating drought and wildfires.

Tester called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Congress to help first responders across Montana who are fighting wildfires throughout the state.

Last week, Tester secured critical life-saving resources to help fight the Lodgepole Complex Fire in eastern Montana, which at the time was the largest fire in the nation.

If you have been impacted by a natural disaster, please contact my office by calling 406-728-3003 or filling out the form below.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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