Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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HSEM Director Joe Kelly Announces Retirement

Joe Kelly receives honor from NEMA officials

Director Joe Kelly has announced that he will wrap up his lifelong career in public service at the end of 2022. Kelly announced his retirement to Minnesota's emergency managers in September. Kelly became HSEM Director in January 2015. Before joining HSEM, he served 31 years in the United States Army and Minnesota National Guard and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

At the 2022 National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Annual Forum, Kelly was recognized for his legacy in emergency management. He also chatted with Minnesota Military Hour about his upcoming Christmas departure. As we enter the season of thanksgiving, HSEM is grateful for Director Kelly's service to our nation, tribes, state and local communities over the past 42 years. ​

Winter Driving Doesn't Have to be Frightful

Car tires driving on snow and ice
Snow and ice are a fact of life for us Minnesotans. Generally, harsh winter weather results in more overall traffic crashes than the warmer months because of “fender benders." The months of December, January and February can see more crashes than other months.

Our Homeland Security and Emergency Management division and Office of Traffic Safety are here for drivers who might need a little help navigating through the elements this winter.​
Get safety tips and other advice in our DPS Blog.​​​​​

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Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans find themselves stranded on the roadside. Winter weather can kill in mere minutes. Learn what to pack in your winter survival kit.