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Saint Paul Department of Emergency Management

Rick Larkin
Director, Department of Emergency Management

367 Grove Street
5th Floor
Saint Paul, MN  55101

Office Phone (651) 266-5494
Fx: (651) 266-5493

8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday
The Saint Paul Department of Emergency Management is responsible for coordination of the City's response to emergency situations and disasters such as:
  • Severe weather
  • Flooding
  • National events
  • Hazardous material incidents
  • Mass casualty incidents
  • Acts of terrorism
  • And much more

To accomplish this the Department of Emergency Management has developed the City's Emergency Operations Plan, or the EOP. This plan provides the framework upon which the City of St. Paul prepares for, responds to, and performs its emergency response functions.

November 9-13, 2015 is Winter Hazard Awareness Week

With winter coming right around the corner, we would like to remind everyone how to  prepare for winter. Every day of the week, there will be a different focus that we would like for everyone to observe.


Tornado App

Tornados are unpredictable. Be ready for them with the following app.

Click on link to get the app.

New Warning System Story

The City of Saint Paul recently upgraded its Emergency Warning System and installed 37 brand new warning sirens throughout the city. Emergency Management Director Rick Larkin talks about the upgrades.

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Counties and cities own the sirens, and therefore decide how and when to activate them. The National Weather Service does not sound them.

There are many different policies regarding siren activation that are used by the various cities and counties. Some will activate sirens across the entire county for tornado warnings only.  Others will activate sirens countywide for tornado warnings and all severe thunderstorm warnings. Some will activate sirens across the entire county for tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms that have winds of at least 70 or 75 mph. Others will activate sirens only for portions of counties.  Local officials may also sound the sirens anytime they believe severe weather is a threat, even if there is no warning from the National Weather Service.

Sirens normally sound for about three minutes, and then go silent. Some jurisdictions may repeat siren activation every few minutes and there is no such thing as an "all-clear" for storms.

Outdoor warning sirens are exactly that, they are meant to be heard outdoors. When sirens are sounded they are to alert people outside of an impending severe weather event. It is recommended if you hear the sirens immediately stop what you are doing, go indoors and tune into your favorite radio or tv station for further details or seek shelter immediately.

To receive severe weather warnings indoors, Emergency Management and the National Weather Service recommend the purchase of a weather radio, which can be found on-line and can be purchased from local electronic stores.  These radios can be programmed for your specific County and can sound for a variety of weather events.

Four Phases of Emergency Management

The plan is based on the Four Phases of Emergency Management:

  • Mitigation - efforts to reduce hazards or its impacts
  • Preparedness - efforts to prepare for a likely hazard
  • Response - actions taken to respond to an emergency or disaster
  • Recovery - actions taken to restore the community to pre-disaster condition

The Saint Paul Department of Emergency Management is continually planning and preparing for hazards that can impact the City.  Remember, no two disasters are the same, the most effective way to protect you and your family is to be prepared. Get Prepared!

Emergency Management also provides public education and training, and is available to make presentations to civic and business groups on emergency preparedness.

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