BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- State disaster officials will hold applicant briefings to help representatives from state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in five Minnesota counties apply for federal disaster assistance in the wake of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred on June 17-26.
Officials will explain the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance (Infrastructure) program for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, restoration or replacement of public facilities or infrastructure that were damaged. Under the cost-share program, FEMA Public Assistance funds 75 percent of the cost for eligible work.
Below is a listing of locations, dates and times for the meetings, according to officials from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and FEMA.
Monday, July 12, 2010 – 2 p.m. (Steele County)
Owatonna Fire Station EOC, 3rd floor meeting room, 107 W. Main Street, Owatonna, Minn.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 – 10 a.m. (Freeborn and Faribault counties)
Freeborn County Government Center, County Commissioner's Board Room, 411 South Broadway, Albert Lea, Minn.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 – 2 p.m. (Olmsted County)
Olmsted County EOC, 7300 Brataas Drive, S.W., Rochester, Minn. (Located in brick building next to the airport.)
Friday, July 16, 2010 – 9 a.m. (Polk County)
Polk County EOC, 600 Bruce Street, Crookston, Minn.
The seven counties designated in the July 2 declaration are Faribault, Freeborn, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Polk, Steel and Wadena.
The State has decided to invite representatives of local governments and certain private non-profit organizations in these requested counties to participate in these applicant briefings to share informational materials.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.