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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers consolidate; registration deadline nears

Disaster Recovery Center
Two more FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be closing their doors on Wednesday, January 11. The Blue Earth and Hennepin county locations will transition to other sites as 19 days remain in the registration period for Individual Assistance for damages for September flooding. Two DRCs remain—including the Albert Lea and Waseca county locations.

The DRCs offer a place for potential applicants to ask questions and get information to help them apply for funds through FEMA. Before going to a DRC, people should register online or by phone at 800-621-3360 (FEMA). The deadline to apply is January 30. 

Review the DRC locations and hours.

New State Emergency Operations Center Proposal

When a major disaster strikes in Minnesota, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) helps coordinate the response to assist Minnesota’s local communities on their worst of days. The current SEOC in St. Paul is lacking space, an ideal location and the latest technology, which could put the state’s response capabilities at risk.

That’s why Governor Mark Dayton is again, proposing a $33.3 million dollars for a new facility to house the SEOC as part of his Job’s Bill. The SEOC is where Homeland Security and Emergency Management staff, along with other state agencies, coordinate during disasters and emergencies.

Go behind-the-scenes of an exercise at the SEOC in our Mic’d Up video series.

Oil train derailment training center proposed in Job's Bill

Oil TrainTwenty different railroads currently utilize Minnesota’s 4,400 miles of rail routes and more than one trillion tons of freight is moving through the state on an annual basis. Goods like grains, cargo, hazardous materials and oil are commonplace on our rail lines. That’s why it’s important that first responders are prepared for all types of rail emergencies including derailments. To ensure that Minnesota’s first responders are ready to respond, Governor Dayton is proposing $3 million for a new oil train derailment and pipeline safety training center at Camp Ripley. The proposal is part of the Governor’s Job’s Bill.

Check out a March 2016 oil training exercise at Camp Ripley.


Have a neighbor who suffered flooding damage in September? Tell them about FEMA Disaster Assistance

Still feeling the impact of the flooding that occurred in late September? So are more than 600 families who have already registered for FEMA aid. If you had to replace a damaged furnace or water heater or have previously soaked walls that are starting to crack as the temperature drops, now is the time to apply. Have you noticed neighbor who is struggling to get back on their feet? Help is available for fatigued families who are still recovering. If you have already applied, be sure to tell your neighbors.

Here is the simple process:

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.