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Radiological Emergency Preparedness Exercise

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Plans and procedures adequately protect Minnesotans living near the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant. That is the preliminary finding from FEMA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission following a full scale exercise this month. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (DPS-HSEM) worked with Wright and Sherburne Counties, schools, ambulance services, hospitals, nursing homes, daycares and others to complete the exercise which tested the ability to alert and evacuate residents near the plant in the event of an incident. The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center was activated for the drill. State agency partners participated in that component of the exercise.

State Disaster Assistance Approved for 3 Counties

Crow Wing County for web.jpgGovernor Mark Dayton has approved state disaster assistance for three Minnesota counties to help them recover from severe storms in mid-July. Based on preliminary damage assessments, completed by HSEM and local officials, the counties suffered $1.3 million in eligible costs.

Cass County $637,800

Crow Wing County $683,300

Todd County $54,291

The state will pay 75 percent of the costs. The counties will pay the remaining 25 percent. Read more in this news release.