A day after the tornado recovery effort drew crowds to the Minneapolis Convention Center, the city announced that a Disaster Recovery Center will open Wednesday at 9 a.m. closer to the affected zone - in the Farview Park recreation center at 621 29th Av. N. From the city's news release: The City of Minneapolis and many partners are continuing their efforts to get folks back in their homes, ensure their safety and provide the assistance and resources they need to make it through this difficult time. The site is located close to the area hardest hit by the tornado, and will provide a number of services that will assist residents and small businesses with both short-term and long-term recovery issues. The available services will include: * Basic supplies will be available, including tarps, toiletries, flashlights, batteries, diapers, etc. More info is available here. … [Read more...] about Disaster recovery center opens Wednesday on North Side
Holly Stephens, an external affairs officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) , explained that there are a few steps to a presidential disaster declaration. First, a city has to declare a state of emergency - something the Minneapolis City Council will formally do Tuesday when it ratifies Mayor R.T. Rybak's temporary declaration Sunday night. That starts the process of requesting assistance from higher authorities. A city has to declare it's overwhelmed by a disaster, Stephens said. Then the county has to declare it too is overwhelmed. Then the state has to say it's overwhelmed. Only then will FEMA get involved, Stephens said. FEMA is already in the state helping victims of the severe storms and floods earlier this spring in the south and west metro and many western Minnesota counties. Those earned a major disaster declaration. … [Read more...] about The winding path to a federal disaster declaration
Minnesota has some of the most expensive center-based child care in the nation, and providers often blame the heavy state regulations for the added costs. Which is why it is odd to see Minnesota ranked lowly on a new report on state child care preparedness for disasters. Minnesota missed on two of the four grading criteria created by the Save the Children advocacy group in its report released Friday. One of the state's flaws, according to the organization, is a lack of a state requirement that child care facilities have plans in place to respond to multiple disaster situations. (It's certainly possible that child care facilities have created disaster plans on their own. The report is only based on whether states have requirements in place.) The state also lacked planning on how child care facilities should handle children with disabilities and special needs in emergencies. Minnesota did pass muster, though, for requiring disaster plans in schools and requiring child-care facilities to … [Read more...] about Expensive MN child care but unprepared for disasters?
By Spud Hilton Updated 3:47 am, Sunday, January 27, 2013 Photo: Spud Hilton, The Chronicle Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Shop in the French Quarter in 2006. Shop in the French Quarter in 2006. Photo: Spud Hilton, The Chronicle Natural disasters? Let's deal with them 1 / 1 Back to Gallery No one else will say it, so here goes: New York City, Staten Island and the Jersey Shore should just give up and rebuild somewhere else. Clearly, the region is prone to natural disasters, large portions of Manhattan are only 10 to 15 feet above sea level, and one of the world's largest metro rail systems has to run pumps 24/7 year-round just to keep it from flooding. And putting the Jersey Shore so close to water seems, in retrospect, a bad idea. Considering the weaknesses that Superstorm Sandy revealed, anyone who … [Read more...] about Natural disasters? Let’s deal with them
This isn’t exactly a surprise, is it? Troubled singer Amy Winehouse has cancelled her appearances at festivals in Turkey and Greece after she was jeered at a show in Serbia when it appeared that she was too drunk to perform. The soul-diva pulled out of the shows, which take place later this week, as she "cannot perform to the best of her ability", her spokesman said. Winehouse, who has battled drug addiction and has reportedly received treatment for a drinking problem, mumbled her way through Saturday's set at Belgrade's Fortress festival before 20,000 disgruntled fans. Many soon left the concert, calling the 27-year-old singer's performance a "scandal" and a "disaster". Not sure “battled” is the right word; doesn't seem to be much in the way of resistance on her side. She had been in treatment before the tour, and reportedly alcohol was banned from the tour, but it was all for naught. Of course, it’s already on YouTube. The opening of the show is quite … [Read more...] about Amy Winehouse disaster footage hits web