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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 02, 2013
State Asks FEMA To Asses Recent Storm Damage
Assessments Requested Following Storm Damage Across a Large Section of Minnesota

​ST. PAUL — Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Director Kris Eide asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct damage assessments following extensive damage from severe storms and flash flooding which occurred June 20 – June 26.

Director Eide requested Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) for the Public Assistance Program following initial reports of damage across a large section of Minnesota. HSEM requested the damage assessments take place during the week of July 8. HSEM, along with FEMA, will determine which counties to visit as part of the preliminary damage assessments.

If granted by FEMA, the Public Assistance Program would provide:
  • Assistance to state and local government and certain private not for profit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. This applies within the counties in the disaster area.
  • Assistance to state and local government and certain private not for profit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards. All counties in the state of Minnesota are eligible to apply for assistance under this program.
HSEM disaster recovery experts have met with local representatives in the affected areas and determined costs to clean up and recover from this storm could surpass the $7.26 million threshold required to receive consideration for federal funding.
 
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
 
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
 
About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
 
Homeland Security and Emergency Management helps Minnesotans prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. HSEM staff members are helping Minnesota communities recover from seven federally declared disasters from 2010 through 2012. In FY2012, HSEM awarded 402 Homeland Security grants totaling $80 million to 300 local governments and other entities to prepare them for all hazards including terrorism.
 
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