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Clearwater County granted State Disaster Assistance

​When 60-90 mile per hour winds raced through Clearwater County in July, they left behind plenty of damage. There were so many downed tree limbs and other debris that first responders had to clear roads to make them passable for traffic. The heavy weight of broken branches brought down power lines, leading to widespread power outages. 


Gov. Dayton authorized State Disaster Assistance to reimburse Clearwater County for an estimated $114,500 in repair and recovery costs, becoming the 11th county this year to receive State Disaster Assistance. Under the law, the state reimburses 75 percent of eligible costs, with local governments covering 25 percent. Review Gov. Dayton’s authorization letter

Governor Issues State Disaster Declaration for Three Counties

Becker County Storm Damage

Three more Minnesota counties have been granted State Disaster Assistance following thunderstorms in July. Governor Dayton authorized an estimated $619,000 to Becker, Clay and Norman counties to reimburse them for response, recovery and clean-up costs. Severe weather—including tornadoes, high winds, heavy rain and large hail—is blamed for the damage to public buildings and infrastructure. In many areas, large trees and branches took down utility lines, which left many communities without power and forced first responders to temporarily close roads until the debris could be cleared and the repairs could be made.

Becker, Clay and Norman counties are the eighth, ninth and tenth counties to receive State Disaster Assistance in 2017. Under the law, the state reimburses 75 percent of eligible costs, with the local governments covering 25 percent. Review Gov. Dayton’s authorization letter.  

Beyond Borders: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

NEMAC Conference 2017

Minnesota shares a nearly 550 mile border with our neighbors to the north. And we’re not alone. Several other states also border Canadian provinces.  So what happens if a large-scale emergency were to happen anywhere along that border? While most emergencies are handled by local authorities, an agreement between four provinces and 10 states ensures help when an emergency requires more assistance.

It’s called the Northern Emergency Management Assistance Compact (NEMAC). This week, HSEM welcomed members to the Twin Cities to discuss emergency management protocols across borders and practice emergency response plans. Because of NEMAC, you can rest easy knowing that should a large-scale incident happen here, NEMAC members will share resources and best practices to keep you safe from natural disasters like floods and tornados to human-induced emergencies such as chemical spills and terrorist events.

Review FAQ of the Northern Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

The Dollars and Cents of Storm Recovery

Toppled tree at Big Stone County Golf CourseWhen a storm causes damage to public infrastructure, it can really throw your life off track. You depend on roads, water and utilities every day, and perhaps parks, schools and other public buildings, too.

So how do your local and county government agencies get things up and running again? It’s a little thing called the State Disaster Contingency Account.

Learn about it in the latest DPS blog.

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Video Description: This video shows what happens behind the scenes during an exercise in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).