Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

What's New?

New thunderstorm warning category will trigger cell phone alerts

Thunderstorms that include large hail and winds greater than 80 mph will now prompt a Wireless Emergency Alert on your cell phone.

Learn more about the new warning category from the National Weather Service and what it means for you:

The Longest Job You Never Knew About​

Staff working in the State Emergency Operations Center

Most of us think of emergencies as lasting only a few hours – a few days, at most. House fires. Car crashes. Natural disasters. But Minnesotans – and the world – just lived through an emergency that lasted almost 18 months. And the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), coordinated and hosted by our division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), was in full activation for all 475 days of it. That record-setting activation officially ended last Friday, July 2, after beginning March 15, 2020. Learn more about what the activation entailed and how it helped Minnesotans get through some of the toughest times in their lives in our latest blog.​​

Marshall County to Receive State Disaster Assistance

Damaged bridge in Marshall County.

Marshall County will receive $113,210 in state disaster assistance for damages sustained during a severe thunderstorm with heavy rains and flooding on May 19-20.  

The storm dropped 6 to 11 inches of rain over 24 hours in western parts of the county. The rain caused flooding on both the Tamarac and Middle rivers and overwhelmed agricultural drainage ditches and local municipal storm sewer systems. Four townships and two cities reported washouts of roads, streets, and culverts. Some city street flooding necessitated emergency pumping. A city-owned dock was damaged, as was a township road bridge. 

Gov. Tim Walz approved the state disaster assistance after HSEM staff toured the county virtually and verified the damages. 

​Learn more in this news release​.​