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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.
First 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.
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.