Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Alerts and Warnings

We are fortunate to live in an age and country where our technology can now communicate with us almost anywhere and give us advanced warnings of impending hazards or other important information. 

Knowing where and how you can receive the warnings and what to do when you get them can mean the difference between life and death.

Click here to learn how you can use the digital world to be in the know during severe weather season.

The information on these pages is designed to provide some background on how citizens, business and communities can be sure they receive critical warnings, what they mean and how to react.

  • Personal Weather Alerts - Learn how and where to subscribe and receive immediate personal weather alerts on your communications devices, along with Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your cell phone.
  • Siren Activation Information - Learn how sirens are activated and why. 
  • Types of Warnings - Know the difference between a watch and a warning.

It's Severe Weather Season Infographic