Disaster recovery collaborative

The Disaster Recovery Collaborative (DRC) is a group of organizations in Hennepin County that help plan for, coordinate and provide basic human services needs following a disaster.

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Regional collaboratives

A disaster recovery collaborative (DRC) exists in each of four emergency management planning areas. The DRCs work closely with local city emergency response and recovery operations, and community-based relief organizations.

Collaborative participants include:

  • Public and private sector human services agencies
  • Behavioral health organizations
  • Faith-based groups
  • Volunteer organizations active in disaster (VOAD)
  • Education institutions including libraries
  • Federal, state and local government organizations
  • Businesses
  • Other interested parties

For more information about collaborative participants, email disasterrecovery@hennepin.us.

North DRC

The North DRC serves: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Crystal, Dayton, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Rogers.

View Brooklyn Park FEMA office information (DOCX)

South DRC

The South DRC serves: Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield, St. Louis Park

East DRC

The East DRC serves: Minneapolis, St. Anthony, unincorporated areas in Hennepin County

View the East DRC framework (DOCX)

West DRC

The West DRC serves: Corcoran, Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenfield, Independence, Long Lake, Lorretto, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnitrista, Minnetonka Beach, Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Bonifacius, Tonka Bay, Wayzata.

View November 2016 West Region DRC Meeting PowerPoint (PPT 5MB)

DRC steering committee

A group of co-sponsors act as a steering committee for the DRCs. Co-sponsors include:

  • Bloomington, Edina and Richfield Public Health Departments
  • Community Action Partnership Suburban Hennepin
  • Edina Resource Center
  • Hennepin South Services Collaborative
  • Hopkins School & Community in Partnership
  • Human Services and Public Health Department
  • Minneapolis Health Department
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board 
  • Minnetonka Family Collaborative
  • Minnesota Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (MNVOAD)
  • Northwest Family Services Collaborative
  • Orono Healthy Youth Collaborative and Partnership for Healthy Kids Collaborative
  • PrairieCare Center
  • Robbinsdale Area Redesign
  • St. Louis Park Family Services Collaborative
  • The City of Richfield Public Safety

Pre-disaster planning

DRC participants work to put plans in place before a disaster happens.

Examples of pre-disaster planning include:

  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of the county's disaster recovery plan 
  • Developing the DRC's framework
  • Participating in recovery training and exercises 
  • Observing disaster recovery developments and best practices
  • Developing and maintaining continuity of operations plans (COOP)

Disaster recovery resources

Post-disaster recovery

Flood relief available at Brooklyn Park FEMA office

A temporary disaster recovery center to help residents affected by September flooding opened on Thursday, Dec. 15. The center is operated by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

Location and operating hours

  • Old Brooklyn Park County Library, 8600 Zane Avenue North, Brooklyn Park 
  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

The center will be closed December 24, 25, 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017.

Financial help and other services

Residents whose homes were damaged as a result of the floods and have home repair expenses that they are not able to meet will find financial help and other services at the center.

Residents may also apply for aid by calling 1-800-621-3362 or visiting www.disasterassistance.gov.

The last day to apply for assistance is January 30, 2017.

Residents applying in person for aid should bring:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of damaged home or apartment
  • Description of damage, including pictures, if possible
  • Insurance coverage information
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing address

Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

View/print Brooklyn Park FEMA office information (DOCX)

About post-disaster recovery

Members of the DRC work with organizations to provide basic needs in affected communities after a disaster.

DRC participants assist in the areas of behavioral and spiritual health, education and human services, and promote the resilience and well-being of individuals.

Post-disaster activities may include:

  • Coordinating disaster recovery efforts
  • Communicating official disaster response information 
  • Communicating the needs of clients
  • Acting as advocates for those in need
  • Providing services such as disaster case management or assistance centers
  • Participating in recovery debriefings
  • Participating in long-term recovery activities








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