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Doug Neville, Director of Communications
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Doug Neville  651-201-7562
douglas.neville@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2011
City, State and Federal Teams Assess Damage in Minneapolis
Assessments are a Necessary Step in Determining if Those Affected Qualify for Federal Aid

ST. PAUL — Teams of city, state and federal officials are conducting joint preliminary damage assessments (PDA) in North Minneapolis on Thursday. The officials will assess damage to private homes, public infrastructure (roads, sidewalks etc) and public buildings caused by Sunday’s tornado.

Teams consist of officials from the city of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). These teams will meet with city officials and then tour impacted areas to assess damage.

The PDA is a joint assessment used to determine the magnitude and impact of damage caused by a natural disaster. A team of state and FEMA officials visit local communities and view their damage first-hand to determine the scope of damage and estimate repair costs. The State uses the results of the PDA to determine if the situation is beyond the combined capabilities of the state and local resources and to verify the need for supplemental federal assistance. This is a necessary step in determining if a federal disaster will be declared for Sunday’s deadly storm.
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