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Full-Scale Exercise at Stearns County Regional Airport

​Emergency preparedness is a year-round effort realized through the cooperation of Minnesota’s different agencies and partners. That special relationship recently played out at the Stearns County Regional Airport during a plane crash exercise. Buses simulated two broken pieces of an aircraft as fire departments used foam to spray down the debris. Law enforcement and emergency managers tested search and rescue plans by pulling volunteer victims away from danger. Medics also practiced response efforts by triaging potential injuries. The airport is required to conduct regular exercises and will be evaluated. Homeland Security and Emergency Management provided support for this event.  


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 exercise.

This year, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff will evaluate a simulated 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.

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.