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State Emergency Operations Center Activated for Avian Influenza

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (HSEM) has activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to coordinate the state's ongoing response to avian influenza.​ HSEM is coordinating resource needs with several state agencies including the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Find the latest information and resources here.


Make Sure the Fire Department Doesn't Show Up at Your Next BBQ

​Make sure you follow these tips to keep your grilling safe:

• Never use a grill indoors and don't leave it unattended.
• Keep your grill clean.
• Move it away from your home and deck.

More tips are available in our grilling fact sheet.

Minnesota State Patrol Honors Heroic Citizens; Trooper of the Year

​Finding victims unresponsive and performing CPR to help them breathe again. Taking chase to apprehend a suspect. Rescuing trapped people from vehicles. The law enforcement officers and citizens responsible for these heroic acts were among those honored by the Minnesota State Patrol recently at an annual awards ceremony.

Video Description: A Minnesota woman severely burned in 2009 when someone dumped gasoline on a backyard fire in Braham, Minn., shared her story publicly for the first time in hopes it will prevent others from the same painful and life-changing experience. Jessica Patterson joined Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division officials at a media availability to encourage safety around campfires and bonfires.