DES Responsibilities During FloodingEmail the Department

A. Protect public property - Roads, bridges, water & sewer plants, etc. Barricade roads, clear roads of debris, etc. 

B. Assistance to private persons & property.

1. Provide life saving measures:
           - alert & notification through media, NOAA weather radio
           - arrange rescue of persons where necessary (emergency crews will not be asked 
             to rescue livestock & pets).
2. Alert Red Cross for immediate sheltering needs, if necessary. 
3. Provide sandbags for sale, subject to availability. (see policy)

C. Activate Emergency Operations Center as necessary to coordinate activities. 

D. Declare emergency or disaster, as necessary. Levy 2 emergency mills, if necessary. 

E. Request State to have a Natural Disaster Determination by Secretary of Agriculture (emergency low interest loans, SBA assistance and tax consideration). 

F. Provide damage assessment assistance to state and federal government. 

G. Provide assistance to FEMA in opening Disaster Assistance Center(s) (DAC) to provide assistance to individuals (primarily low interest loans, temporary housing, etc.). 

H. Provide for the recovery activities of public property - restore roads, bridges, etc. 

I. Keep records to assure proper reimbursement from state and federal government.