Toolbox for local units of government recovering from a natural disaster

Cleanup and recovery from a natural disaster depends on local units of government to guide and direct residents to ensure the effective and efficient disposal of wastes in accordance with statutes, rules and guidelines.

On this page are links to information, customizable handouts and forms that will make it easier for local units of government to deal with the many challenging aspects of recovering from a natural disaster.

If you need immediate assistance or guidance due to an emergency, call the Minnesota Duty Officer (651-649-5451 or 800-422-0798) and ask to speak to a member of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Emergency Management Unit.

Flooded wastewater-treatment facilities

Need immediate help?  MnWARN is a mutual aid program whereby water, wastewater and stormwater utilities sustaining physical damage from natural or human-caused disasters in the Minnesota can obtain emergency assistance, in the form of personnel, equipment, materials and other associated services necessary to protect the health and welfare of the utilities' customers.

Debris management and public information

Debris disposal

Building demolition

Tank management

Emergency construction

State stormwater rules require erosion prevention and sediment control at construction sites, and these activities normally require a permit. In an emergency, certain emergency construction activities may begin before a permit application is submitted to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Emergency dike construction for an impending flood is an example. However, before emergency construction work begins, the MPCA must be notified of the emergency construction by fax or e-mail. The emergency construction should use erosion prevention and sediment control Best Management Practices (BMPs) to the extent possible. The BMPs must be followed during dike removal after the flood or if the dike is to remain permanently. For additional information, see:

Other resources

PDF icon Debris management guide (FEMA)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a wealth of information on debris removal, debris management, and demolition operations.