Worthington – Nobles County Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs announced that applications are now available to apply for funds from the $250,000 appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature for disaster costs not eligible for federal assistance from the April 9th-11th winter ice storm. According to Section 12A.03 Subdivision 2, “State assistance under this chapter may be made available for relief in a disaster area for costs that are not eligible for assistance through the FEMA Public Assistance Program or the FEMA Individual Assistance Program, and may not duplicate or replace assistance available from other federal government agencies, including the Small Business Administration, private insurance, or flood insurance.”
Eligible applicants must apply through the county of their residence and then the county will act as a grantee to disburse the funds as approved by the Minnesota Recovers Task Force. The MN Recovers Task Force under the MN Department of Public Safety’s Homeland Security Emergency Management is responsible for the state disaster assistance process. Several factors are considered for funding determination including benefit to the community versus the cost of the project and if sufficient information is provided.
Applications must include the form available on the Nobles County website along with supporting documents to show that the expenses were related to debris issues (i.e. removal, trim widow makers, contracted services, etc.) and not covered by insurance. Copies of actual invoices or bids/quotes for future planned debris related work must be included. Applicants must have a minimum of $500 in damage/debris removal to apply. Priority will be given to cemeteries, churches, parks, public nonprofits, schools and political subdivisions.
More information and the application for assistance are available on the Nobles County Website at: http://www.co.nobles.mn.us under the Emergency Management Department. Applications are due to the county by July 19, 2013. Questions may be directed to Jacobs at 507-295-5212.