State Asks FEMA to Assess Recent Storm Damage Across Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Sherry Keller

East St. Paul

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The MN Dept. of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has asked FEMA to conduct assessments following extensive statewide damage from last month's severe storms.

Director Kris Eide of HSEM has requested for Preliminary Damage Assessments for the Public Assistance Program following initial reports of damage across a large section of Minnesota from June 20th - 26th.

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.

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