FEMA announces disaster declaration for Minnesota

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Sept. 5 that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Minnesota to supplement local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from June 15 to July 11, 2018.

Federal funding is available to the state, tribal, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged in Rock County and 26 other Minnesota counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the state and tribal areas.

Steven W. Johnson has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Johnson said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of Minnesota.

 

Assistance can include payment of:

•not less than 75 percent of eligible costs for emergency protective measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health. Emergency protective measures assistance is available to eligible state and local governments on a cost-sharing basis. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered)

•not less than 75 percent of eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas, and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities.

•not more than 75 percent of approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.

 

How to apply for assistance

Application procedures will be explained at a series of applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

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