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Disaster Recovery Centers open to help flood victims

September flood victims have another new resource to register for individual assistance funds. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) along with the Small Business Administration and HSEM have opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Waseca County. This is the first DRC to open in Minnesota, but it won’t be the last. Several other centers are scheduled to open this week, including locations in Owatonna (Steele County), Mankato (Blue Earth County) and Waterville (Le Sueur County). More locations will be announced at a later date.

The DRCs offer a place for potential applicants to ask questions and get information that will help them through the individual assistance process. Before going to a DRC, people should register online or by phone at 800-621-3360 (FEMA).

The Waseca County DRC is open seven days a week. Review its hours of operation.
Review the Steele County DRC's hours of operation.


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.


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.