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Much of Minnesota has been waterlogged since a series of thunderstorms rolled through the state last summer and the Mississippi River in St. Paul is running four times higher than it normally does this time of year. But according to the meteorologist in charge at the Twin Cities National Weather Service, that doesn’t necessarily mean we will see extreme flooding. Dan Luna says there are many factors that go into the flood outlook. Among them:
Oil train safety took center stage at Minnesota’s capitol this week when HSEM Director Joe Kelly presented legislators with a report that detailed two years of work. The report shows that local agencies have a better understanding of their ability to respond to oil and hazardous material incidents. The report also recommended more support for drills and exercises with local fire departments and other law enforcement. The report was required by rail safety legislation passed in 2014.Review Director Kelly’s testimony and learn more about HSEM’s awareness and operations level training for first responders.
When a major disaster strikes in Minnesota, the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) helps coordinate the response to assist Minnesota’s local communities on their worst of days. The current SEOC in St. Paul is lacking space, an ideal location and the latest technology, which could put the state’s response capabilities at risk. That’s why Governor Mark Dayton is again, proposing a $33.3 million dollars for a new facility to house the SEOC as part of his Job’s Bill. The SEOC is where Homeland Security and Emergency Management staff, along with other state agencies, coordinate during disasters and emergencies. Go behind-the-scenes of an exercise at the SEOC in our Mic’d Up video series.
Video Description: This video shows what happens behind the scenes during an exercise in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).