Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management's vision promotes safe, resilient communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters - a resilient City government enterprise serving a resilient Minneapolis community.
The Office of Emergency Management's mission aims to protect the people who live, work and play in the City of Minneapolis, our State and our Nation by building, sustaining and improving our capability to prevent, mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from threatened or actual disasters, whether natural or human-caused and acts of terrorism.
The City's emergency readiness plans focus on all hazards and strong partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies. These partnerships are essential to ensure we have the resources we need during emergency events. We are thankful that all of us - our residents, businesses and nonprofit agencies - play a large part in being prepared, alert and watchful.
These web pages will provide you with resources that will keep you both informed and prepared if we are faced with an emergency situation. Here is some basic information that you and your family can use to prepare for an emergency:
- Preparing for emergencies – English (pdf)
- Kev npaj rau lub caij muaj xwm txheej ceev -Emergencies [Hmong] (pdf)
- Qorshaha Gar-Gaarka deg-degga ah [Somali] (pdf)
- Preparativos para Emergencias [Spanish] (pdf)
Flooding and Flood Insurance
Anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. Owners in high-risk flood areas are required to have flood insurance, but residents and business owners outside high-risk areas can also purchase flood insurance and may be eligible for lower-cost Preferred Risk Policies.
Purchasing flood insurance is the most powerful action people can take to mitigate the financial risk of flood before – and recover after – a flood event. Flood insurance is both a mitigation and recovery tool. A common misconception is that homeowners’ policies cover flood damage. In fact, most homeowner and business multi-peril policies do not cover flooding. Federal disaster assistance also does not always pay for flood damage.
Fortunately, property owners in Minneapolis can purchase affordable protection to insure against flood losses. Minneapolis participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which since 1978 has paid nearly $52.5 billion in flood-insurance claims that have helped hundreds of thousands of families and businesses recover from flood events.
What’s covered? Flood insurance generally covers physical damage to buildings or personal possessions, if the damage is caused by a flood. For example, damage caused by a sewer backup is covered, if the backup is the result of flooding.
Is there a waiting period? In general, a flood-insurance policy does not take effect until 30 days after the purchase. However, if a policy is purchased in connection with making, increasing, extending, or renewing a loan, there is no waiting period.
How do I get flood insurance? To purchase flood insurance, homeowners, renters, and business owners in Minneapolis should speak to their insurance agent or call the NFIP Call Center at 1-800-427-4661.
Is there more information?
Severe Weather Preparedness
Severe weather (including winter storms, lighting storms and straight line winds) presents an ever present risk of damage and injury to the community. The impacts of winter storms, tornados, straight-line winds, increased rain and flooding will include property damage and injuries to the residents of Minneapolis as well as power and communications outages.
- Find information on these and more at www.ready.gov. Winter Hazard Awareness Week, begins in November and continues through the season on this website with updates, timely facts and tips. The web links listed here address some of the most common topics. Each page contains tips, fact sheets, data and links to additional resources. Refer to these pages throughout the season, and check back for updates and added resources.
- The City of Minneapolis partnered with ECHO Minnesota to produce a series of multi-language videos about how to use NOAA weather radios and other precautions to take during tornados, thunderstorms, flash floods and snowstorms.
- Take individual steps to prepare for a disaster today like downloading the FEMA app.
- More information on emergency preparedness and creating a home emergency kit
Meteorological Hazards Weather Fact Sheets
The Office of Emergency Management aims to help ensure our residents and businesses are prepared in the event of a transportation incident or other hazard in our city. By visiting Ready.gov/hazardous-materials-incidents you will find ways to prepare your family, home, neighbors and businesses for potential hazards before, during and after an emergency. Ready.gov also has information on how to create an emergency go kit.
It is vital to understand the potential risks and hazard locations in your neighborhood. It is also important to learn about and subscribe to warning and alerts and basic preparedness information to aid in reducing personal impact and property damage. You can find out more about how authorities and oversight of the transportation industry help to keep our communities safe at the state and federal levels.
How You Can Help
Become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member: The CERT program
educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our community. This valuable course is offered by the City of Minneapolis and is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.
Give blood. Blood donations are needed year around. Please call the Memorial Blood Centers of Minnesota or the American Red Cross in advance to schedule a time for your blood donation.
Make a Donation. The American Red Cross helps people free of charge when an emergency or disaster devastates a community. Click here for more information on how to make a donation to this effort.
- Federal resources to personal preparedness - Ready.gov
- Emergency and Community Health Outreach (in six languages) - EchoMinnesota.org
- Ready.gov Resources for Seniors
- Ready.gov Resources for the disabled
- Ready.gov Local and state emergency preparedness sites
FBI Tip Line
If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1 if you can, text if you can't. Do not report suspicious activity to the Department of Homeland Security. Instead, notify local police by calling the Minneapolis Police Tip Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip.
- Want to receive periodic update from Office of Emergency Management? Please sign-up through GovDelivery and select "Emergency Management" from the Public Safety Group.
- Minnesota Department of Public Safety
- Weather Awareness from the Department of Public Safety
- Sign up to receive emergency notifications from the City of Minneapolis
Last updated Dec 2, 2019