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Radiological Emergency Preparedness Training Underway

April 2016 REP Training at SEOC
Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) personnel are preparing to put the state’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) plan to the test. Over the next few weeks, HSEM staff will train with other state agencies, local governments, the state of Wisconsin, emergency workers, schools, hospitals and volunteers. The purpose is to prepare for an upcoming annual drill and exercise.

This year, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff will evaluate a simulated plume incident at Prairie Island nuclear generating plant in Red Wing. The goal is for all participants to demonstrate that Minnesota’s REP plan will protect the health and safety of the public in the unlikely event of a nuclear power plant incident.

Click here for a look at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Planning Guide.

 

Governor Dayton Appoints New Rail Director

With more than 4,400 miles of railways in Minnesota, Governor Dayton has appointed Alene Tchourumoff to serve as the state’s first rail director. Ms. Tchourumoff will lead efforts to enhance railway safety and pursue needed infrastructure improvements.

Many Bakken oil trains travel within a half-mile of Minnesota’s most populated areas on a daily basis. Governor Mark Dayton created the position to:

  • Pursue railroad infrastructure improvements.
  • Increase response in the event of a derailment or explosion.
  • Monitor rail traffic.
  • Work with communities and railroad companies to ensure safety.

Read more about the appointment here.

Severe storms spawn tornado sightings

​Minnesota saw its  first tornado reports of the year as a severe weather system moved through the state over the weekend. KAAL Chief Meteorologist Chris Kuball tweeted a picture of a reported tornado near Bricelyn in Faribault County. The Twin Cities National Weather Service (NWS) also received reports of funnel clouds south of Waseca. NWS Meteorologists say the reported tornadoes caused no damage, but high winds tossed trailers, downed power lines and tree branches.

The storms are a good reminder to review and practice your weather safety plans. Learn how to take shelter during severe storms by visiting our Weather Safety page.

Click here to view the NWS Twin Cities storm reports.

Featured Video


Video Description: This video shows what happens behind the scenes during an exercise in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). It’s the first in series of videos, taking viewers inside the different divisions of the Department of Public Safety. Legislators are currently considering a bonding request for a new $33 million dollar SEOC in Arden Hills.