FEMA Joint Field Office Opens in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

July 19, 2012 Updated Jul 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The office will partner groups, like the Army Corps (CORE) of Engineers with the Minnesota DNR, to respond to flood recovery efforts, such as the removal of severe debris buildup in Northland waterways.

Along with the 13 counties, and three tribal governments, that have already been declared disaster areas, today begins the field office's preliminary damage assessments for Cass, Itasca, and Swift County.

According to FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Mark Neveau, the months–long presence of 100 FEMA agents in the Northland will not only speed up the recovery process, but it will also help stimulate the local economy.

"...by way of hotels, rents, services, et cetera. In an economy that's striving to recover, it's [up to] the federal government's participation—not only by way of grants—but by infusion of local funding," said Neveau.

If individual assistance is granted, FEMA will open a 1–800 number and online system for Minnesota citizens to apply for assistance.