ST PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security Emergency Management Division (HSEM) has activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) due to storm damage in southwestern Minnesota, as well as the need to shelter certain residents.
This is a partial activation. HSEM will coordinate resource needs with several state agencies including MnDOT, the Minnesota Department of Health and the National Guard. The DPS Emergency Communication Networks division will determine communication needs in the affected area.
Planning, Logistics and Operations sections of HSEM, as well as the Joint Information Center, are now staffed.
The SEOC will release more information as it becomes available.
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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention