Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

About HSEM

​​What We Do

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has a vision for a resilient Minnesota-- as we help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters.




Director Kristi Rollwagen​ leads HSEM and its 75 full-time employees. Five branch directors oversee a multi-talented and multi-trained staff which brings a depth of knowledge to the ongoing effort to protect Minnesotans. Collectively HSEM staff has combined experience of:

• 275 years at Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
• 424 years at a variety of state agencies.
• 474 years of expertise in a wide ranging number of fields.


Minnesota created its Department of Civil Defense in 1951 when C. Elmer Anderson was Minnesota’s governor and color television was introduced. Today the division is called Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  How we do business has changed dramatically in the last 60 years, but the reason we do it has remained constant—keeping Minnesota ready for disasters whether they are caused by humans or mother nature. 

The financial impact of disasters on communities and individuals can be devastating. HSEM brings in millions of dollars in response, recovery, mitigation and education funding every year. 


HSEM staff knows training is a critical component of keeping Minnesota ready.  Staff members training includes:
• Federal and State Certified Emergency Management
• Radiological Emergency Preparedness
• Emergency Management Compact Assistance Training
• Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
• Wildfire Awareness Training
• Flood Plain Management
• National Incident Management Systems 

HSEM Awards

• Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management Mark Huge Memorial Award
• Association of Emergency Managers Meritorious Service Award
• HSEM Award of Excellence