Local and Community Disaster Recovery Resources
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 email@example.com
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 Program
The State Public Assistance Program is designed to assist local communities that do not qualify for federal assistance, to repair and replace damaged or destroyed infrastructure like roads, bridges and government buildings.
Department of Commerce
Recovering from a disaster usually begins by filing insurance claims, working with adjusters, and hiring contractors. It is critical for victims to start this process as soon as possible after a disaster in order for local emergency managers to assess the extent of unmet needs in the community. All other forms of assistance, including federal, state, non-profit and voluntary normally require insurance claims be filed before any assistance is offered.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce offers a Disaster Information Packet for individuals, homeowners and businesses to help guide them through the insurance and rebuilding process.
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
DEED manages a variety of business development, assistance and recovery programs as well as worker assistance and job training programs to eligible individuals whose unemployment results from a disaster. Some of the appropriate assistance programs include:
- Minnesota Investment Fund
- Small Business Development Centers
- Temporary Workforce Centers
- Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
- Small Cities Develpment Program (SCDP)
- MN Public Facilites Authority (PFA)
In addition, DEED will also administer federal disaster recovery programs including National Emergency Grants (NEG) which can provide temporary work for displaced workers and the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program which can provide assistance to workers not covered by standard state assistance. Read more on the DEED programs fact sheet:
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 a recording of the webinar here.
View the PowerPoint presentation used in the webinar here.
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.
- Staff roles and Responsibilities
- Debris Collection Strategy
- Debris Estimating
- Debris Management Site
- Contracted Services
- Debris Removal on Private Property
- Mutual Aid Agreements
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
Local 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for additional information
Emergency Management Director’s Handbook (EMDH) and 2015 MNWALK
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.
Forms and Documents
Disaster Assessments and Recovery
Force Account forms
Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) Documents