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Governor Dayton Submits Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration

Several Minnesota communities could be reimbursed for public infrastructure cleanup and repair costs from damage caused by heavy September rains and flooding.

Gov. Mark Dayton asked President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster in Minnesota. If granted, the declaration would reimburse public entities like townships, cities, counties, schools for money they have spent on things like:
  • Debris removal
  • Emergency protective services
  • Repair or replacement of storm-damaged public infrastructure

If President Obama declares a major disaster, FEMA would fund 75 percent of approved costs. The State of Minnesota would pay the 25 percent non-federal share.

Though far less common, four Minnesota counties may also be eligible for federal aid available to individuals and households seriously impacted by the flooding. The last time the state received funding for individuals was in 2009 following severe flooding in the Red River Valley.

Earlier this month, HSEM, federal, state and local officials found $8.3 million in eligible public infrastructure damage and $10.1 million in estimated individual and household needs.

Review information about the disaster declaration process.

Federal, State Damage Review Underway as Norman County Receives State Aid

Waseca Home Foundation Damage

Teamwork is the theme of damage assessments taking place in 10 Minnesota counties which experienced flooding after torrential rains in September. Homeland Security and Emergency Management teams are working with FEMA and local emergency managers to review the scope of damages that exist. Data from this week’s process will be used in determining whether  or not Governor Dayton will request a Presidential Declaration of Disaster for nearly $14 million in estimated damages. Teams began their work in hardest-hit Waseca County and hope to wrap up their assessments in Anoka County later this week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The preliminary damage assessments come as Governor Dayton approved more than $49,000 in state aid for Norman County—which is recovering from wind, rain and flooding damages in an August storm. Read Governor Dayton’s authorization letter.

A Champion for Community Preparedness

Gloria Erickson at a Firewise Health Fair Table

An Ely, Minnesota woman is being recognized this fall for her efforts to educate and prepare her community about wildfire dangers.                                                                                                                       Over the past three years, Gloria Erickson has tirelessly worked to bring the National Fire Protection Agency’s Firewise program to Ely. Using grant money, Erickson’s grassroots campaign took her to 11 neighborhoods where residents banded together to learn about fire fuels, how to manage them, and remove any potential fire fuel from their property. Her hard work won Erickson an honorable mention as a Community Preparedness Champion in FEMA’s 2016 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.                                                                                                                                                                     Read about her accomplishments on our new 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). 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.