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Tis is the Season! Time to watch the skies for Severe Weather

Severe Weather Season
Spring is here and that means the potential for severe weather has returned as well. Already, Minnesota has authorized State Disaster Assistance for Freeborn County following a severe storm and a tornado last month. Tornadoes get plenty of attention, but Minnesotans should stay alert and be prepared for the following safety threats:

Follow this website, along with the HSEM Facebook and Twitter pages, to learn new ways to stay informed this severe weather season.  

Freeborn County is first to receive State Disaster Assistance in 2017

Freeborn County State Diasaster Assistance

Freeborn County will receive State Disaster Assistance for damages to public property following severe thunderstorms that produced an F1 tornado on March 6.

Clarks Grove was the hardest hit, with damage to the fire hall and significant tree debris. Other buildings, like the fertilizer plant and the hardware store, were also damaged. Governor Dayton authorized the relief to help the county make repairs to public infrastructure and reimburse them for clean-up costs. Freeborn County is the first to receive State Disaster Assistance in 2017. Under law, the state will reimburse 75 percent of the eligible costs, with the county covering the remaining 25 percent.


New State Emergency Operations Center Proposal

When a major disaster strikes in Minnesota, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) helps coordinate the response to assist Minnesota’s local communities on their worst of days. The current SEOC in St. Paul is lacking space, an ideal location and the latest technology, which could put the state’s response capabilities at risk.

That’s why Governor Mark Dayton is again, proposing a $33.3 million dollars for a new facility to house the SEOC as part of his Job’s Bill. The SEOC is where Homeland Security and Emergency Management staff, along with other state agencies, coordinate during disasters and emergencies.

Go behind-the-scenes of an exercise at the SEOC in our Mic’d Up video series.

Cold Zone Conference sharpens first responder’s hazmat skills

​Minnesota fire, EMS and police will soon have an opportunity to brush up their skills in responding to a hazardous materials situation. The 9th Annual Cold Zone Conference takes place in Brooklyn Center in May. This year’s training sessions will provide the most recent information related to hazmat situations for Minnesota’s Chemical Assessment Teams (CATs). The training sessions include details on how to deal with chemical, propane and medical incidents, along with the safe ways to respond to meth labs and a new wave of synthetic drugs like bath salts. Homeland Security and Emergency Management is a supporting sponsor of the 2017 Cold Zone Conference.


Featured Video

Video Description: This video shows what happens behind the scenes during an exercise in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).