Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management’s mission is to build, sustain and improve our community’s capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from threatened or actual disasters, whether natural or man-made and acts of terrorism. This mission, in turn, serves the City Goals of "Living Well: Minneapolis is safe and livable …" and "A City that works: City Government that runs well and connects to the community it serves."
The City’s emergency readiness planning efforts focus on all hazards: weather-related disasters, terrorism, and disease outbreaks. Emergency preparedness requires strong partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies. While these partnerships are essential to ensuring that we have the resources we need to handle such an emergency, it is important to realize that all of us – our residents, businesses and nonprofit agencies – play a part in being prepared and vigilant.
This site 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)
September is National Preparedness Month
Since emergencies can happen at any time, the 2017 National Preparedness Month focuses on planning with its theme “Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.” Weekly themes highlight some of the actions people can take to prepare all year round for weather emergencies and other disasters at home and work and in their communities.
- Sept. 1-9 theme: Make an emergency plan for yourself, family and friends; sign up for alerts and warnings; check your insurance coverage and plan financially for the possibility of a disaster.
- Sept. 10-16 theme: Plan to help your neighbors and community: Take the video training for helping until help arrives, learn other ways you can help your neighbors, and know how to shut off gas, water and electricity in an emergency.
- Sept. 17-23 theme: Practice and build out your plans for emergency savings, take an emergency drill and learn how to get resources such as shelters and food banks.
- Sept. 24-30 theme: Get involved and be a part of something larger.
Find information on these and more at www.ready.gov.
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 is available here
Meteorological Hazards Weather Fact Sheets
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.
Technological Hazards Fact Sheet
This is a hazard that originates from technological or industrial conditions, including accidents, dangerous procedures, infrastructure failures or specific human activities, that may cause loss of life, injury, illness or other health impacts, property damage, loss of livelihoods and services, social and economic disruption, or environmental damage. Transportation accidents are an example of a technological hazard. Crude oil and chemicals transported by rail, put the community at risk of property destruction and injury resulting from derailments, and the resulting fires and chemical spill that may result in a variety of property and personal impacts.
We encourage citizens to understand the hazards in their community and to be prepared should a hazard impact the City of Minneapolis. Hazard fact sheets are provided to help stress preparedness for the consequences of these hazards as well as understanding risk, watch versus warning, protective actions, and basic preparedness steps.
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.
- State resources for personal preparedness - CodeReady.org
- Federal resources to personal preparedness - Ready.gov
- Emergency and Community Health Outreach (in six languages) - EchoMinnesota.org
- Minnesota Helps opportunity for response to recent disasters - https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Index
- Information and checklists to prepare for a "bird flu" or pandemic flu outbreak - Avian Flu and Pandemic Flu
- Ready.gov Resources for Seniors
- Ready.gov Resources for the disabled
- Ready.gov Local and state emergency preparedness sites
- American Red Cross resources (babysitter training, speakers bureau, preparedness tips) American Red Cross training opportunities (doc)
FBI Tip Line
Have a tip or information you regarding suspicious or terrorist activity? Contact the FBI tip line
- Want to receive periodic update from Office of Emergency Management? Please sign-up through Gov Delivery and select "Emergency Management" from the Public Safety Group.
- Minnesota Department of Public Safety with additional information and links on public safety, terrorism, severe weather and other emergency preparedness.
- Preventing terrorist attack: How you can help (FBI website)
- FEMA Preparedness Recommendations
- Weather Awareness from the Department of Public Safety
- Sign up to receive emergency notifications from the City of Minneapolis
Last updated Sep 21, 2017