St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and FEMA will conduct damage assessments in counties affected by recent severe storms and flooding.
FEMA officials will partner with state and local officials to view damage in the affected areas. The assessments begin in counties where the water has receded the week of July 1. A full schedule will be released after a planning meeting between HSEM and FEMA.
The preliminary damage assessment is the first step in determining if Governor Mark Dayton will make a request for a presidential declaration of disaster.
The program includes assistance to local communities for the cost of response and eligible repairs to public infrastructure.
If included in a Presidential Disaster Declaration, the PA 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.
After the assessment, FEMA will forward the results to the president.
The president will then make a decision whether to issue a Presidential Disaster Declaration.