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After the long cold winter, Minnesotans cherish warm summer days.
But it’s important to remember that sun and heat can be dangerous.The National Weather Service (NWS) places high priority on alerting the public to heat wave hazards.
Check out our Heat Safety web pages for more information and remember to never leave people or pets in closed parked vehicles. Vehicle Heat Safety Fact Sheet
A flash flood can occur at any time. Some areas of Minnesota see repetitive flooding and choose to mitigate the hazard. Watch this DPS/HSEM created video to see a success example of this in Pine County.
During an emergency, some members of our communities may have more challenges evacuating, sheltering in place or staying at a large shelter.
To make sure emergency management officials have all the resources necessary, HSEM and other state agency partners, have updated the Functional Needs Planning Toolkit. Among the important additions to the toolkit: information on the evacuation of licensed care facilities, behavioral health assessments, communications tools for people with speech disabilities and a brand new section on apps for emergency planning.