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FEMA inspectors to visit starting Monday; surveying damage from June, July storms

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BEMIDJI -- Starting Monday, inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will be working with Beltrami County and other counties and tribal lands as part of the recent disaster declaration from flooding and severe storms in June and July.

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FEMA and HSEM will be working with township, county, and state departments and will have identification displayed, officials said in a release.

The federal disaster declaration at this time is only for public assistance to aid local governments recover and repair damages to public infrastructure. No individual assistance declarations related to this disaster have been made, and FEMA officials will not be visiting individual households.

During other disaster declarations, there have been reports of people impersonating FEMA employees in an attempt to commit fraud by soliciting personal information, including Social Security and bank information, officials said. FEMA inspectors will never ask those types of question if visiting, officials said. If you encounter someone who is representing themselves as FEMA and are not able to produce a valid FEMA ID, you should contact the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office at (218) 333-9111.

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