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Emergency Manager Resources

Emergency Management Director’s Handbook (EMDH)
The HSEM Emergency Management Director's Handbook is an online document that links to essential information for Minnesota emergency managers; it replaces the printed handbook. We will update and add resources often.
  • Emergency Management Director's Handbook

HSEM Debris Management Plan Guidebook

Debris removal is one of the first critical recovery activities following a disaster. The HSEM Debris Management Guidebook​ provides step-by-step instructions to communities on how to develop an effective debris management plan that is right for the community. 
Topics include:
  • Staff roles and Responsibilities
  • Debris Collection Strategy
  • Debris Estimating
  • Debris Management Site
  • Contracted Services
  • Debris Removal on Private Property
  • Mutual Aid Agreements
  • Communications
HSEM Donations and Volunteer Management Guidebook
A new
Donations and Volunteer Management Guidebook
 is now available from HSEM. This document is meant to provide step-by-step instructions, links, tools and other useful information to help local communities develop effective donated goods and volunteer management teams and plans.
Please contact Dennis Walter, HSEM Volunteer Resource Coordinator, at (651) 201-7442 or by e-mail at
for additional information.

Local and Community Disaster Recovery Resources


Disaster Recovery Process Webinar

The HSEM Disaster Recovery branch hosted several webinars for local emergency managers and officials about the disaster assessment and recovery processes. Although this was created for the 2014 summer flooding, the webinar clearly explains how the disaster recovery process works in Minnesota and how HSEM works with local governments to respond and recover from these events. 
View the
PowerPoint presentation used in the w
ebinar here.

Emergency Logistics

When the SEOC is activated, requests for disaster logistical assistance should be made by calling the Logistics Section Resource Manager at 651-201-7468.  
Also please use this SEOC Logistics Request Form to augment and document your request for logistical support. Submit the form with as much specific information as possible. The form can then be Faxed to the SEOC at 651- 215-6884, or emailed to the SEOC at
REMEMBER: Before you grab the phone, “SALTT” your request (Size, Amount, Location, Type of assistance, Time frame).  Effective response depends on the local, state and federal partners working together to get essential resources to those in need in a timely manner. To be successful, it is essential to communicate as much clear, accurate and specific information about the need or requirements to the SEOC as possible.

State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account

The State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account is designed to assist local communities repair and replace damaged or destroyed infrastructure like roads, bridges and government buildings. Learn more about the process here.

MPCA Debris Management Tool Box

Cleanup and recovery from a natural disaster depends on local units of government to guide and direct residents to ensure the effective and efficient disposal of wastes in accordance with statutes, rules, and guidelines.  The MPCA provides information on the various aspects of this process including:.
  • Debris management and public information
  • Debris disposal
  • Building demolition
  • Flooded wastewater-treatment facilities
  • Tank management
  • Emergency construction
  • Other resources

Forms and Documents

Disaster Assessments and Recovery

Public Assistance

Force Account forms

Individual Assistance

FEMA IA PDA Street Sheet

Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Documents