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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Minnesota COVID-19 Response

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Don’t Let Winter Weather Catch You Off Guard!

Living in Minnesota, we know how harsh winters can be. But during a pandemic, we may be a little out of practice in dealing with the cold temperatures, snow and hazardous road conditions. That’s why now is a good time for people to hit reset on winter preparedness plans.​

Does your winter survival kit need additional items in case you’re sick? Is holiday travel the best idea with COVID-19 cases on the rise? Are you out of practice driving in hazardous conditions because you’re working from home? Ask yourself what you’ll need to do differently to be ready for winter during the pandemic. Review our safety tips and keep them handy throughout the winter.

Eight Minnesota Counties Granted State Disaster Assistance

Governor Tim Walz has issued a state disaster declaration for eight Minnesota counties following a series of severe weather that left behind damage to public property and infrastructure this summer.

  • ​Sibley, Renville, and Nicollet counties experienced flooding and washouts to roadways during a July thunderstorm.
  • High winds and heavy rainfall damaged roads and utilities in Goodhue and Yellow Medicine counties during an early August storm system. 
  • In mid-August, a storm swept through Cass, Itasca, and Norman counties, causing significant damage to county and township roads.

HSEM will now work with the counties to reimburse them for eligible disaster recovery expenses. The state will cover 75 percent of the total costs, with local applicants covering the remaining 25 percent.