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Rail safety training makes strides since 2014

Minnesota’s investment in railway safety is paying off, with more than 5,600 first responders from 187 agencies taking part in training in just two years. The 258 training sessions are the result of legislation signed into law in July 2014.

Participants learn how to better understand the potential dangers of transporting oil and hazardous materials by railway. They also learn proper response techniques to protect lives in the event of a derailment. “In these significant events, first responders need to gather all of the needed information first so that everyone can go home safely,” said Hazardous Materials Response Planner John Kreuser.

Even with the great progress, Homeland Security and Emergency Management hopes to reach first responders in each Minnesota county with ongoing training. Review the values and benefits of rail safety training sessions.

Radiological Emergency Preparedness Training Underway

April 2016 REP Training at SEOC
Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) personnel are preparing to put the state’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) plan to the test. Over the next few weeks, HSEM staff will train with other state agencies, local governments, the state of Wisconsin, emergency workers, schools, hospitals and volunteers. The purpose is to prepare for an upcoming annual exercise.

This year, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff will evaluate a simulated incident at Prairie Island nuclear generating plant in Red Wing. The goal is for all participants to demonstrate that Minnesota’s REP plan will protect the health and safety of the public in the unlikely event of a nuclear power plant incident.

Find out what you should do in the event of a nuclear incident in this Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Planning Guide.

Featured Video

Video Description: This video shows what happens behind the scenes during an exercise in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). It’s the first in series of videos, taking viewers inside the different divisions of the Department of Public Safety. Legislators are currently considering a bonding request for a new $33 million dollar SEOC in Arden Hills.