4 things that need to happen before Minnesota gets flood relief - KMSP-TV

4 things that need to happen before Minnesota gets flood relief money

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FEMA will arrive in Minnesota this week to collect documentation and view damage to public infrastructure from flooding that started on June 11. The 15-county flood damage assessment will be conducted from June 8 through June 11.

The FEMA assessment is a first step that must happen before Gov. Mark Dayton can request a presidential declaration of disaster. During his economic policy visit to Minneapolis, President Obama reassured Minnesotans that they have a “strong partner” in flood relief.

REQUIRED STEPS FOR FEDERAL DISASTER RELIEF

Local and state officials conduct an initial impact assessment

This occurs shortly after the storm when local officials inform HSEM which facilities in their community are impacted, damage, impacts to the communities and their demographics.

Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) requests FEMA to conduct a preliminary damage assessment

Teams from the affected county, HSEM and FEMA conduct the assessment. They view the damage and collect the cost estimates from county officials. Each county must meet its individual threshold which is defined as population times $3.50. The state must also meet a threshold of $7.3 million statewide. If the statewide threshold is reached the process continues.

HSEM prepares the governor’s request for a disaster declaration

A letter details the event and cites National Weather Service data. It must document factors that determine severity, magnitude and impact. It also documents what local officials did to respond to the emergency. Local input regarding impact to the community is gathered and incorporated in the letter. This includes the amount and type of damage, impact on infrastructure, impact on essential services, concentration of damage, level of insurance coverage, assistance available from other sources, and if there is an imminent threat to public health and safety.

Governor submits the letter to the president through FEMA

FEMA reviews and sends the letter, with its recommendation to the president. The president is the only one with authority to grant a Presidential Disaster Declaration. If assistance programs are approved, HSEM officials work in partnership with FEMA to assistance disaster victims in their application for funds.

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