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Nuclear Attacks: Preparation and Response

​For information on how to prepare for and respond to an actual nuclear attack, visit the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security Ready.Gov website.

This resource explains the hazards of a nuclear explosion and the necessity to take shelter if one occurs. It outlines what to do before, during, and after such an event.

It also emphasizes the importance of building an emergency supply kit and making an emergency plan for you and your family.


The 411 on Minnesota’s Wireless and Emergency Alerts

HSEM Deputy Director Kevin Reed Talks about IPAWS

When an emergency happens in Minnesota, it’s the responsibility of public safety officials to inform the public right away. The goal? To get the right information to the right people at the right time so they can make the right decisions.

Minnesota counties, tribal nations and even the state accomplish this task through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

Alerts on your cell phone are called wireless emergency alerts (or WEA) and alerts on the radio or TV are part of the emergency alert system (or EAS). Both are notifications sent by counties, tribal nations or the state through IPAWS.

Learn more about Minnesota’s system and how safeguards could prevent a false alarm from happening here.  


Ready for a Chemical Spill on Minnesota Railways

CAT members on top of rail car
​A variety of materials are transported on Minnesota’s railways. From grains and livestock, to crude oil and hazardous materials, first responders need to be ready to keep you safe in the event of railway emergency. That is why members of Minnesota chemical assessment teams (CATs) recently trained with local responders, state agencies and railroads in a unique scenario.

First responders worked in tandem with the railroads to identify safety threats on rail cars carrying anhydrous ammonia and chlorine. Their goal was to contain the spill or leak while preserving the safety of those who live and work around the scene.  The training was facilitated by the Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (HSEM), which manages the state’s 11 CATs. The scenarios played out at a Camp Ripley training facility, which will be enhanced with $3.5M in bonding money that was approved in the last legislative session. 


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