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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.
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.