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Hurricane Laura was the most devastating storm to ever hit
So when Sheletta Brundidge’s family survived the hurricane’s
initial impact in August, the Cottage Grove resident and Twin Cities radio
personality was relieved.
Then tragedy struck.
Sheletta never thought the generator her loved ones used to
stay comfortable and keep the lights on following the storm would kill five of
her family members.
story and their deaths are a somber reminder the importance of safely using
generators and having working
carbon monoxide alarms in your home, especially
during the winter heating season.
COVID-19 is a serious illness that can affect anyone —
The virus is beginning to impact fire departments across the
state. We are monitoring the situation and working closely with fire service
leaders to ensure Minnesota’s 776 departments will be
able to keep their communities safe should firefighters become ill or
need to quarantine.
We are prepared for situations like this. There are robust
plans in place to continue the delivery of emergency services promptly and
safely. These plans existed long before COVID-19.
“We are confident the Minnesota fire service will continue
doing what they do best — keeping their communities safe,” State Fire Marshal
Jim Smith said.
We have created a statewide Fire
Department Mutual Aid Status Map to help departments should their resources
become overwhelmed. The map also helps us monitor service levels. Learn more about the map here.
We are ready
to send additional help through the Intrastate Mutual Aid Plan if necessary.
Learn more about the plan in this
How can you help? Prevent a fire in your home with these tips.
We have seen an increase this year in deaths following gas-related explosions.
Number of deaths
Planning on deep-frying your holiday meal? Do it safely.