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How To: September flood victims can register for FEMA Aid

Minnesota homeowners and business owners: If you sustained flood damage in September, now is the time to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Applicants from Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties have a limited time to apply. Each process is different and not everyone may qualify, which is why HSEM is urging people to register early.

Learn how to apply for Individual Assistance through FEMA.
FEMA Individual Assistance Registration Fact Sheet  
Learn how to apply for Disaster Assistance through the SBA.
SBA Disaster Loans Fact Sheet

Fire Department recognized for response to semi vs. train collision

Callaway Tanker Train CollisionFirst  responders regularly train for emergencies in the hopes that they will never have to use those skills. But last March, the Callaway Volunteer Fire Department put their knowledge to the test when a train and propane tanker truck collided. The department’s 21 members have been recognized for their response during the crash and subsequent 10-hour propane tank fire. In September, members received the Emergency Management Best Practice Award for Response at the 56th annual Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers conference. The honor recognizes their planning and response efforts to keep the community safe during that incident.

Read about their emergency response and the additional help they received from surrounding agencies.


FEMA funds approved for homeowners affected by September Flooding

​Federal funds will soon be available for eligible homeowners and individuals who sustained flood damage after a September storm. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Governor Mark Dayton’s appeal for individual assistance in seven Minnesota counties. In the weeks since the denial of Gov. Dayton’s original request, staff from FEMA and Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) returned to impacted communities to assess damages to an additional 353 homes. The appeal identified a total 1,500 homes as damaged, totaling an estimated $14.5 million. Locations approved for Individual Assistance are:  Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele, and Waseca counties.

Do you have damage? Read about the next steps in the process.


Tyvek suits, grids, soil samples and more

MN RERO Training

Minnesota emergency managers, field teams and other state agency staff participated in a unique training opportunity at Camp Ripley this week. Participants trained on several response scenarios in the unlikely event of an emergency at either of Minnesota’s two nuclear generating power plants. In addition to taking soil samples and searching for radioactive sources hidden in a grid pattern, participants also learned how to measure radiological contamination. They also suited up in Tyvek suits, which responders would have to wear in a real-life radiological emergency. The training serves as a refresher course for responders who are already familiar with Minnesota’s two nuclear generating power plants.

Featured Video

Video Description: This video shows what happens behind the scenes during an exercise in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). It’s the first in series of videos, taking viewers inside the different divisions of the Department of Public Safety. Legislators are currently considering a bonding request for a new $33 million dollar SEOC in Arden Hills.