BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – State disaster officials will hold applicant briefings to help representatives from state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in six 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 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, August 2, 2010 – 2 p.m. (Kittson County)
Kittson County Courthouse, 410 Fifth Street South, Hallock, Minn. 56728
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 – 9 a.m. (Blue Earth and Brown counties)
Blue Earth County Law Enforcement Center, 401 Carver Road, Mankato, Minn. 56002-0228
Thursday, August 5, 2010 – 9 a.m. (Sibley and Nicollet counties)
Sibley County Courthouse Annex, lower level, 400 Court Street, Gaylord, Minn. 55334
Monday, August 9, 2010 – 10 a.m. (Houston County)
Houston County Courthouse, 304 South Marshall Street, Caledonia, Minn. 55921
Faribault, Freeborn, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Polk, Steel and Wadena counties were designated in the July 2 declaration. Blue Earth, Brown, Houston, Kittson, Nicollet and Sibley counties were added to the declaration on July 26.
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.