is enabled and that cookies are turned on.
Each category (like About the DPS), has multiple sub-categories. To browse these
categories, please click on the links in the global navigation bar, and you will
be presented with these links.
If you have any questions, please see the Help Section or contact us.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
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.
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.