BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Four months after President Obama issued a Presidential disaster declaration, officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are wrapping up their work in Otter Tail County. Since a mid-June storm and tornado caused damage in Otter Tail County, federal officials have been working in partnership with officials from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to help communities rebuild.
In Otter Tail County, FEMA has obligated more than $56,000 in federal funding. The bulk of FEMA’s funding helped pay for debris removal and other storm cleanup.
"While we have completed most of our public assistance work in Otter Tail County, FEMA continues to work in Minnesota helping communities recover and preparing communities for the next disaster," said Larry Sommers, federal coordinating officer. "We’ve made sure communities know that though the majority of our work is complete, FEMA is just a phone call away for communities who need guidance."
FEMA’s Public Assistance program, FEMA funds at least 75 percent of the cost of eligible work by local governments and some private non-profits.
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.