MINNESOTA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

MINNESOTA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CALL US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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You are more than welcome to send in information on your on your emergency preparedness events…..
to minnesota@homelesstoindependence.org

Thank you!

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United Way of Central Minnesota 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free and confidential way to find out about important health and human services programs in your community. Call 2-1-1 for information about health care, help paying rent and utility bills, transportation services, job training, mental health counseling and much more.

GO TO: http://unitedwayhelps.org/pages/UnitedWay2-1-1/

POSTED 07-15-12

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Close at Noon Friday – Reopen Monday
Release date:
December 16, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-013

Bloomington, Minn. – Due to safety issues related to inclement weather, all FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will close today at noon and remain closed through the weekend. They will reopen for regular hours on Monday, Dec. 19 at 8 a.m.

While the centers are closed, survivors in the seven disaster-designated Minnesota counties can continue to register:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;
Using the FEMA App; or
Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Reasonable accommodations, including assistive technologies, may be available by calling the FEMA Helpline.

For more information on Minnesota recovery, visit the disaster webpages at fema.gov/disaster/4290, Ready.gov/Minnesota and dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem. Follow us on Twitter @femaregion5 or @MnDPS_HSEM.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576

FEMA News Desk: 952-824-3554

Last Updated:
December 16, 2016 – 12:48
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A Minnesota Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Hennepin County
Release date:
December 13, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-011

Bloomington, Minn. – A disaster recovery center will open Thursday, Dec. 15 in Hennepin County to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Minnesota affected by the severe storms and flooding of Sept. 21-24.

HENNEPIN County
Opening: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Location: Old Brooklyn Park County Library
8600 Zane Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

At the recovery center, representatives from FEMA, the Homeland Security Emergency Management division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more flood resistant.

Before visiting a recovery center, survivors should register for federal assistance one of the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;
Using the FEMA App; or
Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.

Seven Minnesota counties have been approved for individual assistance including Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties.

Applying for disaster assistance is essentially a two-step process, which ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and SBA disaster loans. First, register with FEMA, then complete and return the no-obligation SBA loan application, if one is offered. There is no charge to apply for the loan and if approved, no obligation to accept it.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and does not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits. Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

A free multilingual guide to the types of available assistance is found online at fema.gov/pdf/assistance/process/help_after_disaster_english.pdf.

For more information on Minnesota recovery, visit the disaster webpages at fema.gov/disaster/4290, Ready.gov/Minnesota and dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem. Follow us on Twitter @femaregion5 or @MnDPS_HSEM.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576

FEMA News Desk: 952-824-3554

Last Updated:
December 13, 2016 – 16:08
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A Minnesota Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Freeborn County
Release date:
December 12, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-010

Bloomington, Minn. – A disaster recovery center will open in Freeborn County to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Minnesota affected by the severe storms and flooding of Sept. 21-24.

Freeborn County
Opening: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

Location: Northbridge Mall
2510 Bridge Ave., Store #2416
(store space formerly occupied by the Country Soule Boot & Western Market)
Albert Lea, MN 56007

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

At the recovery center, representatives from FEMA, the Homeland Security Emergency Management division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more flood resistant.

Before visiting a recovery center, survivors should register for federal assistance one of the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;

Using the FEMA App; or

Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.

Seven Minnesota counties have been approved for individual assistance including Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties. Additional recovery centers will be opening to support survivors in many of these counties.

Applying for disaster assistance is essentially a two-step process, which ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and SBA disaster loans. First, register with FEMA, then complete and return the no-obligation SBA loan application, if one is offered. There is no charge to apply for the loan and if approved, no obligation to accept it.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and does not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits. Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

A free multilingual guide to the types of available assistance is found online at fema.gov/pdf/assistance/process/help_after_disaster_english.pdf.

For more information on Minnesota recovery, visit the disaster webpages at fema.gov/disaster/4290, Ready.gov/Minnesota and dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem. Follow us on Twitter @femaregion5 or @MnDPS_HSEM.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576

FEMA News Desk: 952-824-3554

Last Updated:
December 12, 2016 – 10:57
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Help May be Available for Flood-Damaged Heating Systems
Release date:
December 10, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-009

Bloomington, Minn. – With bitterly cold temperatures on the way, homeowners are urged to make sure their heating systems and water heaters are in good working condition, especially those that may have been damaged by September flooding.

If flood water got into heating systems, water heaters or other appliances, they need to be checked by experienced repair personnel to be sure they are working properly. Failure can occur weeks or even months after the event.

FEMA grants may be available to help repair damaged furnaces and water heaters and replace those destroyed by flood waters. Minnesota residents in Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties need to register by Jan. 30, 2017 to be eligible.

If you have already repaired or replaced an appliance, it’s not too late to see if FEMA can reimburse you for this type of expense. It is important to register with FEMA to find out if your repairs are eligible.

Homeowners who receive a FEMA grant for repairs and who later discover their furnace needs replacing must use the FEMA appeal process for additional grant funds. The homeowner has 60 days to appeal and must submit an estimate for replacement of the furnace on contractor company letterhead.

Disaster survivors may register online at disasterassistance.gov, by using the FEMA app, or by calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576

FEMA News Desk: 952-824-3554

Last Updated:
December 10, 2016 – 12:49
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FEMA Disaster Assistance Crews to Visit Minnesota Communities to Link Residents with Resources for Recovery
Release date:
December 10, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-008

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Minnesotans affected by the severe storms and flooding of Sept. 21-24 may see Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews from FEMA canvassing area neighborhoods. DSA crews are working in partnership with the Homeland Security Emergency Management division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and local officials to assist in recovery efforts.

Using the latest mobile technology, crew members can help survivors register for disaster assistance, update information on an application and make referrals to community partners. Information and services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual.

DSA crew members wear blue FEMA shirts and have FEMA photo identification badges. Residents are encouraged to ask for official identification before providing any personal information.

To assist a survivor, a crew member may ask for the following:

Social Security number;

Address of the damaged primary residence;

Description of the damage;

Insurance information including policy number;

Current telephone number;

An address to receive mail; and

Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Residents do not have to wait until they meet with DSA to register for assistance. Register one of the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;

Using the FEMA App; or

Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Reasonable accommodations, including assistive technologies, may be available by calling the FEMA Helpline, or by making the request to a crew member.

Applying for disaster assistance is essentially a two-step process, which ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and SBA disaster loans. First, register with FEMA, then complete and return the no-obligation low-interest SBA disaster loan application, if one is offered. There is no charge to apply for the loan and if approved, no obligation to accept it.

Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover. FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and does not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits. Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive additional help after their claims have been settled.

A free multilingual guide to the types of available assistance is found online at fema.gov/pdf/assistance/process/help_after_disaster_english.pdf.

For more information on Minnesota recovery, visit the disaster webpages at fema.gov/disaster/4290, Ready.gov/Minnesota and dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem. Follow us on Twitter @femaregion5 or @MnDPS_HSEM.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576

FEMA News Desk: 952-824-3554

Last Updated:
December 10, 2016 – 10:03
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A Minnesota Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Le Sueur County
Release date:
December 9, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-007

Bloomington, Minn. – A disaster recovery center will open this weekend in Le Sueur County to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Minnesota affected by the severe storms and flooding of Sept. 21-24.

Le Sueur County
Opening: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

Location: Waterville Area Senior Center

220 Paquin St. E.

Waterville, MN 56096

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The center will not be open on Saturday, Dec. 17. It will reopen at noon on Sunday, Dec. 18.

At the recovery center, representatives from FEMA, the Homeland Security Emergency Management division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more flood resistant.

Before visiting a recovery center, survivors should register for federal assistance one of the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;

Using the FEMA App; or

Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.

Seven Minnesota counties have been approved for individual assistance including Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties. Additional recovery centers will be opening to support survivors in many of these counties.

Applying for disaster assistance is essentially a two-step process, which ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and SBA disaster loans. First, register with FEMA, then complete and return the no-obligation SBA loan application, if one is offered. There is no charge to apply for the loan and if approved, no obligation to accept it.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and does not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits. Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

A free multilingual guide to the types of available assistance is found online at fema.gov/pdf/assistance/process/help_after_disaster_english.pdf.

For more information on Minnesota recovery, visit the disaster webpages at fema.gov/disaster/4290, Ready.gov/Minnesota and dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem. Follow us on Twitter @femaregion5 or @MnDPS_HSEM.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576
FEMA News Desk: 952-824-3554

Last Updated:
December 9, 2016 – 11:02
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FEMA Deadline Set for State, Local Agencies to Apply
Release date:
November 23, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-001

Bloomington, Minn. — Local governments and certain non-profit agencies that sustained damage during the flooding in September may be eligible for federal disaster assistance and have only a few more days to apply before the December 2nd deadline.

The FEMA Public Assistance program is available to help communities recover from damages incurred by severe storms and flooding that occurred on September 21-24, 2016. Federal funding is available in Blue Earth, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties as part of a presidential disaster declaration.

These funds are for expenses or damages incurred during the disaster and cover items such as repair or replacement of roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, equipment, schools, recreation areas and other publicly owned facilities, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities.

Federal funds are available by FEMA on a cost sharing basis with FEMA picking up 75 percent of the eligible costs. The state of Minnesota pays the remaining 25 percent.

To apply, eligible agencies and organizations must first submit a one-page Request for Public Assistance form to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (DPS-HSEM) by Friday, December 2nd.

This form can be found online at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/emergency-managers-resources/Documents/request-for-public-assistance.pdf and faxed to DPS-HSEM at 651-296-0459 or e-mailed to Bill.Hirte@state.mn.us.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders and 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.

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HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576
FEMA News Desk: 952-814-3554
Last Updated:
December 7, 2016 – 13:21
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A Minnesota Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Blue Earth County
Release date:
December 7, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-006

Bloomington, Minn. – A disaster recovery center will open this week in Blue Earth County to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Minnesota affected by the severe storms and flooding of Sept. 21-24.

Blue Earth County
Opening: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Location: Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse
204 South 5th St.
Mankato, MN 56001

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

At the recovery center, representatives from FEMA, the Homeland Security Emergency Management division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more flood resistant.

Before visiting a recovery center, survivors should register for federal assistance one of the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;

Using the FEMA App; or

Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.

Seven Minnesota counties have been approved for individual assistance including Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties. Additional recovery centers will be opening to support survivors in many of these counties.

Applying for disaster assistance is essentially a two-step process, which ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and SBA disaster loans. First, register with FEMA, then complete and return the no-obligation SBA loan application, if one is offered. There is no charge to apply for the loan and if approved, no obligation to accept it.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and does not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits. Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

A free multilingual guide to the types of available assistance is found online at fema.gov/pdf/assistance/process/help_after_disaster_english.pdf.

For more information on Minnesota recovery, visit the disaster webpages at fema.gov/disaster/4290, Ready.gov/Minnesota and dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem. Follow us on Twitter @femaregion5 or @MnDPS_HSEM.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576
FEMA News Desk: 952-824-3554
Last Updated:
December 7, 2016 – 13:06
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A Minnesota Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Steele County
Release date:
December 5, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-005

Bloomington, Minn. – A disaster recovery center will open this week in Steele County to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Minnesota affected by the severe storms and flooding of Sept. 21-24.

Steele County
Opening: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Location: (The old) Cedarview Nursing Home

1409 S. Cedar Ave.

Owatonna, MN 55060

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

At the recovery center, representatives from FEMA, the Homeland Security Emergency Management division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more flood resistant.

Before visiting a recovery center, survivors should register for federal assistance one of the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;

Using the FEMA App; or

Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.

Seven Minnesota counties have been approved for individual assistance including Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties. Additional recovery centers will be opening to support survivors in many of these counties.

Applying for disaster assistance is essentially a two-step process, which ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and SBA disaster loans. First, register with FEMA, then complete and return the no-obligation SBA loan application, if one is offered. There is no charge to apply for the loan and if approved, no obligation to accept it.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and does not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits. Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

A free multilingual guide to the types of available assistance is found online at fema.gov/pdf/assistance/process/help_after_disaster_english.pdf.

For more information on Minnesota recovery, visit the disaster webpages at fema.gov/disaster/4290, Ready.gov/Minnesota and dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem. Follow us on Twitter @femaregion5 or @MnDPS_HSEM.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576

FEMA News Desk: 952-824-3554

Last Updated:
December 5, 2016 – 17:50
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A Minnesota Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Waseca County
Release date:
December 4, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-004

Bloomington, Minn. – A disaster recovery center will open Monday, Dec. 5 in Waseca County to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Minnesota affected by the severe storms and flooding of Sept. 21-24.

Waseca County

Location: City of Waseca Public Safety Building
303 South State St.

Waseca, MN 56093

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

At the recovery center, representatives from FEMA, the Homeland Security Emergency Management division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more flood resistant.

Before visiting a recovery center, survivors should register for federal assistance one of the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;

Using the FEMA App; or

Call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.

Seven Minnesota counties have been approved for individual assistance including Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties. Additional recovery centers will be opening to support survivors in many of these counties.

Applying for disaster assistance is essentially a two-step process, which ensures consideration for all FEMA programs and SBA disaster loans. First, register with FEMA, then complete and return the no-obligation SBA loan application, if one is offered. There is no charge to apply for the loan and if approved, no obligation to accept it.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and does not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits. Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

A free multilingual guide to the types of available assistance is found online at fema.gov/pdf/assistance/process/help_after_disaster_english.pdf.

For more information on Minnesota recovery, visit the disaster webpages at fema.gov/disaster/4290, Ready.gov/Minnesota and dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem. Follow us on Twitter @femaregion5 or @MnDPS_HSEM.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576

FEMA News Desk: 952-824-3554
Last Updated:
December 4, 2016 – 10:45

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Minnesota Residents Urged to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance
Release date:
December 1, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-003

Bloomington, Minn. – Residents of Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties who suffered damages to their dwellings in the September 21-24 severe storms and flooding are encouraged to register for federal disaster assistance.

Insurance may cover some of the damage, but people may be missing out on additional assistance if they haven’t registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Until a resident registers for assistance, FEMA has no way of knowing who suffered damages or what people need to help in their recovery. The only way to determine eligibility for federal disaster assistance is to register with FEMA.

Keep in mind:

Calling your insurance agent does not register you with FEMA.

Contacting county or municipal agencies does not register you with FEMA.

Receiving assistance from voluntary agencies does not register you with FEMA.

Residents may register at www.disasterassistance.gov, with the FEMA app, or by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). TTY users may call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

“With the weather turning colder, it’s important that residents who suffered storm damage in these seven counties receive the help they need,” said Joe Kelly, director of the Homeland Security Emergency Management division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. “This presidential disaster declaration will provide federal assistance for eligible individuals and households, but only if residents apply. It’s important for homeowners and renters to contact FEMA directly to determine if they qualify for financial help.”

“We want to make sure residents impacted by the floods in the designated areas register as quickly as possible to start the FEMA disaster assistance process,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer David Samaniego.

Before applicants go online or call, they should gather the following information to speed up the registration process:

Social Security number
Telephone number where they can be reached
Address of the damaged property
Current mailing address
Brief description of disaster-related damages and losses
Insurance information
Direct deposit information to help speed delivery of funds if approved

The application deadline is January 28, 2017.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker (651) 201-7576

FEMA News Desk (952) 814-3554
Last Updated:
December 1, 2016 – 16:37
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Applying for Individual Assistance in Minnesota
Release date:
November 30, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4290-MN NR-002

Bloomington, Minn. – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Blue Earth, Freeborn, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Steele and Waseca counties must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be eligible for federal disaster assistance for flooding damages and losses in Minnesota.

Disaster survivors may register in any of the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;

On the FEMA Mobile App;

Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA)

Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service should call 800-621-3362

People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585;

The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central time, seven days a week

Multilingual operators are available.

Survivors should contact their insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance or those who are underinsured may be eligible for help.

The following information is needed when registering with FEMA:

Social Security number;

Address of the location where the damage occurred;

Current address;

Current telephone number;

Insurance information;

Total household annual income;

Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account);

A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs. Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or benefits from other agencies or organizations.

Survivors who cannot afford to repay an SBA loan may be eligible for additional FEMA assistance, but must submit a loan application before that can be determined.

After registering with FEMA, applicants will be contacted by a FEMA-contracted housing inspector to schedule an appointment to inspect the house and determine the extent of damage. An adult must be present for the inspection. When registering, applicants should provide a contact telephone number where they always can be reached or receive messages.

FEMA assistance is limited to the amount necessary to make the home safe, sanitary and secure for the number of occupants who live there. The cost of repairing additional spaces such as family rooms, dens or extra bedrooms is not considered. Repair cost estimates are based on standard material and construction costs.

The application deadline is January 28, 2017.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use TTY call 800-462-7585 to register. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service, you may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with equipment to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication access. If you require a reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, call 1-800-621-3362 (V/711/VRS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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.

HSEM Contact: Amber Schindeldecker 651-201-7576

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Minnesota Declaration
Release date:
November 2, 2016
Release Number:
HQ-16-0-FactSheet

LINK TO THIS PAGE IS:

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/11/02/federal-aid-programs-state-minnesota-declaration

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s disaster declaration issued for the State of Minnesota.

Assistance for the State, Tribal, and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

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

How to Apply for Assistance:

Application procedures for state, tribal, and local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state 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.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders and 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.

Stay informed on FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts available at www.fema.gov/medialibrary and www.youtube.com/fema; follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fema and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

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Last Updated:
November 2, 2016 – 15:46
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Formidable Footprint – A Community / Neighborhood Exercise

Description The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises. For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: www.FormidableFootprint.org

This is a Virtual Event –

Contact Information (Name / Phone / Weblink) Chris Floyd / 850-241-3565 / chrisfloyd@drc-group.com

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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