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Cass, Crow Wing Counties Receive State Disaster Declarations

Governor Mark Dayton has authorized an estimated $351,000 in aid to both Cass and Crow Wing counties as they recover from severe thunderstorms in September. The damaging winds took down a significant number of trees and toppled power poles and lines for several electrical cooperatives. 

The funds will come from the State Disaster Contingency Account and will reimburse townships, cities, counties and electrical cooperatives for response and recovery costs. Under the law, the state reimburses 75 percent of eligible costs, with local governments covering 25 percent.
 
Review Gov. Dayton’s authorization letter.

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).