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Cold Zone Conference sharpens first responder’s hazmat skills

​Minnesota fire, EMS and police will soon have an opportunity to brush up their skills in responding to a hazardous materials situation. The 9th Annual Cold Zone Conference takes place in Brooklyn Center in May. This year’s training sessions will provide the most recent information related to hazmat situations for Minnesota’s Chemical Assessment Teams (CATs). The training sessions include details on how to deal with chemical, propane and medical incidents, along with the safe ways to respond to meth labs and a new wave of synthetic drugs like bath salts. Homeland Security and Emergency Management is a supporting sponsor of the 2017 Cold Zone Conference.


Report shows state is better prepared to respond to oil train accidents

Joe Kelly Rail Safety Testimony
Oil train safety took center stage at Minnesota’s capitol this week when HSEM Director Joe Kelly presented legislators with a report that detailed two years of work. The report shows that local agencies have a better understanding of their ability to respond to oil and hazardous material incidents. The report also recommended more support for drills and exercises with local fire departments and other law enforcement. The report was required by rail safety legislation passed in 2014.

Review Director Kelly’s testimony and learn more about HSEM’s awareness and operations level training for first responders.


New State Emergency Operations Center Proposal

When a major disaster strikes in Minnesota, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) helps coordinate the response to assist Minnesota’s local communities on their worst of days. The current SEOC in St. Paul is lacking space, an ideal location and the latest technology, which could put the state’s response capabilities at risk.

That’s why Governor Mark Dayton is again, proposing a $33.3 million dollars for a new facility to house the SEOC as part of his Job’s Bill. The SEOC is where Homeland Security and Emergency Management staff, along with other state agencies, coordinate during disasters and emergencies.

Go behind-the-scenes of an exercise at the SEOC in our Mic’d Up video series.

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