Minnesota Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1830)

Incident period: March 16, 2009 to May 22, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 9, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 18, 2009
News Release
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) will open in Grygla on Wednesday to assist those affected by flooding in eastern Marshall County. The center is operated jointly by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Location and hours for the MDRC are: Grygla Community Center127 N. MainGrygla, MN 56727
May 18, 2009
News Release
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Teams of hazard mitigation specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are visiting Minnesota stores, answering questions residents may have about protecting their homes from future disaster damage. The FEMA representatives explain flood- and wind-resistant building techniques, and offer advice on topics such as home elevation, safe rooms, wind straps, flood insurance and other measures to make homes stronger and safer. They also offer publications on similar topics. The Norman County schedule for May 20-23 includes the following:
May 15, 2009
News Release
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs) in Bemidji and Crookston will close on Saturday, May 16 at 4 p.m. The Bemidji location will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) opening Monday, May 18. The SBA DLOC in Bemidji will be at the same location that the FEMA MDRC occupied, until further notice: Lakeside Service Center505 Bemidji Avenue NorthBemidji, MN 56601Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 14, 2009
News Release
MOORHEAD, Minn.-- You don't have to own your own home to protect your personal possessions from floodwaters. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) also offers renters the chance to safeguard their personal property. Renters can purchase up to $100,000 in coverage for the contents of their homes and do not need an existing standard renter's insurance policy in order to qualify for NFIP coverage. Basement apartments are not eligible structures under the NFIP. Personal property stored in a basement is not covered also.
May 13, 2009
News Release
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Residents of Beltrami, Clay, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin counties who suffered damage from the severe storms and flooding that began March 16 should watch out for scam artists when hiring contractors to clean and repair property or remove debris. That is the warning issued by officials with Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
May 12, 2009
News Release
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Eligible workers and self-employed residents of Beltrami, Marshall and Polk counties can qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), according to state and federal officials. DUA is for individuals and business owners who were unemployed after March 22, 2009 as a result of the flood. The deadline for applying for DUA is Tuesday, June 9, 2009.

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