Teams seek a total on tornado toll

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 26, 2011 - 11:49 AM

Assessment teams working toward a federal disaster declaration join victims needing aid in north Minneapolis. | Complete tornado coverage

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evlbeavMay. 25, 11 8:07 PM

For heavens sake it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the area has had the living daylights knocked out of it. More waste of tax dollars doing a "study" while people are in need. Get the funding in place now for rebulding and repairing instead of endlessly assessing the situation. Whatever happened to common sense? Oh yeah, I forgot, it's so rare now that it's considered a superpower. Self sufficiency wins out every time over a government that is incapable of doing anything in a timely and cost efficient manner.

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jdoten55May. 26, 11 6:50 AM

Can we please stop bringing politics back into this; Please! Can't we just hope that the human beings on the north side get what they need? I am really tired of people ranting about political ideas, when I feel this is not the appropriate time. If you feel strongly about politics one way or another, take your discussion to where it belongs, or run for office or something. We have people who have lost almost everything, and yet we have people who seem to have little or no empathy. I find that sad.

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starboy123May. 26, 11 7:19 AM

There is a time and place for after action reviews. As the neighborhoods are just recovering and people diggin out, now is not yet time. Roll up yours sleaves and help out. House someone or contribute. Next time it might be your town, home or famuly that is in the midst of this.

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texas1993May. 26, 11 7:36 AM

I have been in the emergency preparedness business for 20+ years. Getting a federal disaster declaration is not easy. There is criteria that have to be met in order for FEMA to recommend that there be a Federal disaster declaration. Before ranting and raving about the process, I suggest people educate themselves about it. Go to he following link. It explains how the process works: www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/dec_guide.shtm I feel for the people in Minneapolis as I am a Minneapolis native: born, raised, attended high school and college. Even though I don't live there anymore I still have and always will have connections to my home town. Thanks and God bless all of the public service workers for all that they are doing.

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texas1993May. 26, 11 8:11 AM

Don't know why it is taking so long to "review" a comment I made. I will try again. Before ranting and raving about it being a waste of tax dollars to assess the situation, I strongly suggest that people go to the following link and read about the Federal declaration process. The link: www.fema.gov/media/fact_sheets/declaration_process.shtm Having been in the emergency preparedness business for 20+ years, I can tell you it is not a easy process but it is a necessary process. It will actually save tax dollars in the long run. Thanks and God bless the public sector workers, volunteer agencies and other folks for all that they are doing. I am a native of Minneapolis and very proud to say that Minneapolis is my hometown. I have a personal stake in this. I still have family in the area. The tornado hit about two miles south and east of where my brother lives in Robbinsdale.

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FrankLMay. 26, 11 8:34 AM

Before people get all bent out of shape, the federal money would be to reimburse for all the repairs to the PUBLIC infrastructure, not inidividual homes.

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texas1993May. 26, 11 9:16 AM

@FrankL: not entirely true. There are two programs: Public Assistance - PA (infrastructure) and Individual Assistance-IA (helps people). The following is the link for people: www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm. The following is the PA link: www.fema.gov/government/grant/pa/index.shtm. Their is also SBA (Small Business Administration) for businesses and individuals. http://structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/disaster-loans

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canalsalMay. 26, 11 9:41 AM

Police say looters stealing from overturned trucks in Joplin, Missouri (Jasper Co. EMS) http://twaud.io/r6Wn

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canalsalMay. 26, 11 9:46 AM

ATLANTA -- Data analyzed by The Associated Press shows that many of the states hammered by what's already the deadliest year for tornadoes in more than half a century have among the nation's highest rates of homes without hazard insurance despite being among the most twister-prone. That means the regions that most need the insurance are often the places that don't have much of it. It also means many tornado victims may have a hard time getting compensated for their losses, putting more pressure on the federal government to help. With more than 450 deaths and billions of dollars in damage in the past month alone, regulators are calling for more education about the importance of homeowners insurance and further efforts to make it affordable and available to all. By HARRY R. WEBER, Associated Press The Associated Press

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dolce59May. 26, 1112:49 PM

Unless you have a mortgage on a home or have a loan on an automobile, only common sense would dictate carrying insurance. If you do not possess enough common sense to understand that, then don't cry when strong winds damage your house or a tree falls on your automobile when a storm comes thru. It's not a callous thought, it's called reality. Although, I'm sure some of you who might disagree with me probably think the way to handle it is to stand in line and hold your hand open with your palm up.

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