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August 9, 2000
News Release
Minneapolis, MN -- Natural disasters bring destruction, heartbreaking loss, and a long recovery period for victims. In the aftermath, disasters also bring people together from various backgrounds to support others in need. The implementation of Project Linus in Granite Falls is just one of many such examples of how volunteerism crosses denominations and connects various organizations in order to achieve a common goal.
August 8, 2000
News Release
Minneapolis, MN -- If tornado victims still have questions about disaster assistance, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other agencies will be available at the SBA loan assistance center, located at the Granite Falls City Hall on the second floor, beginning Monday, August 14. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until further notice.
August 4, 2000
News Release
Minneapolis, MN -- More than $3 million in federal and state disaster aid grants have been approved for victims of the severe storms, flooding and the July 25th tornado since Minnesota was declared a major disaster area on June 27. So far, of the 3,542 who registered for disaster assistance, 2,226 grants have been issued, totaling $3,307,744, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials. This aid is in the form of disaster housing assistance and Individual and Family Grants to cover serious disaster-related needs.
July 31, 2000
News Release
Minneapolis, MN -- Two more counties were added to those eligible for federal and state disaster assistance to repair public facilities damaged in severe storms and flooding in June. James Lee Witt, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, designated Roseau and Clearwater counties for FEMA public assistance after damage assessments showed federal aid is needed to help the counties rebuild.
July 28, 2000
News Release
Minneapolis, MN -- Yellow Medicine County has been added to the current Presidential disaster declaration, according to The Federal Emergency Management Agency. Victims of the tornado that struck Granite Falls on July 25th will now be eligible to apply for state and federal disaster assistance programs and services.
July 20, 2000
News Release
Minneapolis, MN -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management (DEM) will make temporary Disaster Recovery Centers available next week in Preston and Austin. The location and days of operation are: the Fillmore Central Elementary School, 700 Chatfield Avenue in Preston (use West parking lot and SW entrance door) on Tuesday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and, the National Guard Armory in Austin at 800 21st Street Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday, July 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
July 18, 2000
News Release
Minneapolis, MN -- A temporary Disaster Recovery Center will be available in Eagan to serve victims of the severe storms and flooding in Dakota County, state and federal officials announced. The center will provide disaster assistance applicants an opportunity to receive more detailed information about various relief programs, flood insurance, and methods of reducing future flood damage. The location and days of operation are: July 20, 21 and 22 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eagan City Hall 3830 Pilot Knob Road
July 17, 2000
News Release
Minneapolis, MN -- Federal and state officials are urging everyone who suffered damage or loss during the severe storms and flooding that occurred between May 17 to July 12 to apply for disaster assistance as soon as possible. The application process starts with just one call to the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585). At close of business Sunday, 2,074 Minnesota residents in the eight counties now eligible for individual assistance had already called FEMA to apply. Nearly 550 residents have called from the newly declared counties alone.
July 14, 2000
News Release
In just about a week since James Lee Witt, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), added four northwestern counties and the White Earth Reservation to Minnesota's major disaster declaration, more than a quarter of a million dollars in disaster housing grants has been approved for some of the 1,084 residents who have already called to apply.
July 14, 2000
News Release
Minneapolis, MN -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that Dakota, Fillmore, Houston and Mower counties have been added to the Presidential disaster declaration issued on June 23. Residents of these counties may now apply for a variety of state and federal assistance programs and services. "These additions to the declaration were made following a review of information regarding costs and damages suffered by local residents as a result of recent severe storms and flooding," explained Federal Coordinating Officer Ted Monette.

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