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Weekend Tornadoes

Tornado Damage 5-16-2015.jpgLaw enforcement officials and trained storm spotters reported nine tornadoes across Minnesota this weekend. One of them was in Swift County where Sheriff John Holtz said a farm was damaged near Murdock. He shared a photo showing an area where an outbuilding once stood.

Damage reports are also coming in from Meeker, Stearns and Chippewa Counties.

Learn how to stay safe during a tornado watch or warning. 

State Emergency Operations Center Activated for Avian Influenza

EOC2 for web.jpgThe Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (HSEM) has activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to coordinate the state's ongoing response to avian influenza.

HSEM is coordinating resource needs with several state agencies including the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Approximately 65 people from 19 agencies attended the initial SEOC briefing and received an update from the State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Hartmann.

Additional information will be posted on the SEOC webpage.. ​

Read more about the order here.

Find the latest information and resources here.

HSEM Oil Transportation Trainings Featured in Brainerd Newspaper

Communities all across Minnesota are learning how to better plan for and respond to an incident involving the transportation of shale crude oil. Recently HSEM conducted a training in Deerwood. Read more in this article from the Brainerd Dispatch.