Emergency Management

The city of Maplewood Emergency Management Team, made up of emergency management, police, fire, and public works, would like to bring you the following information. This information is to help you in determining your future disaster plan needs. Download Preparing for the Flu (including H1N1) (PDF) for help against this virus.

Severe Weather Awareness Week 

The information campaign is designed to teach and remind Minnesotans about weather hazards and provides resources to minimize the risks associated with severe weather.

Using this site as a guide, everyone is encouraged to make a plan, build an emergency kit and practice their emergency plans.

The main event of Severe Weather Awareness Week is the annual statewide tornado drills. These drills are scheduled for at those times, sirens and NOAA Weather Radios are will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intended for institutions and businesses, while the evening drill is intended for second shift workers and especially families.

If you are interested in some ideas on how you, your family, business, or your community can participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week, check out some of the ideas on this list (PDF). Educators, leaders or communicators may want to use this Severe Weather Awareness Week 2014 PowerPoint Presentation (PDF) to help deliver this information.

Why Severe Weather Awareness Week?

According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. In 2012, 37 twisters touched down. A record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes across the state.

Understanding this threat and knowing what to do when a tornado is approaching can save lives. Take advantage of Severe Weather Awareness Week to review your own and your family's emergency procedures and prepare for weather-related hazards. Each day of the week will focus on a different topic:
Check each page link above for specific information about these topics, including factsheets, checklists, data and other resources.

Cell Phone Technology for Early Warnings Wireless Emergency Alerts will sound on all newer model cell phones during an actual tornado warning. Severe Weather Awareness Week is a great opportunity to learn about these new alerts. This fact sheet can assist you in explaining this new technology.

Show us how you prepare! We hope you take the time to participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013 and educate yourself, your family and other Minnesotans about staying safe all summer long. If you do participate in a preparedness event or activity, please let us know! Please send us any information about your preparedness activity and any photos via email.

Emergency Management Agencies

Emergency Management Function

The Emergency Management Department has, in part, the following responsibilities:
  • Prepare and maintain state and federally approved Emergency Disaster plans.
  • Assist businesses and other departments within the city with developing contingency emergency plans.
  • Locate and secure resources from within and outside the city.
  • Regularly execute drills to ensure the highest possible state of readiness.
  • Develop and maintain volunteer groups with appropriate training to assist in situations.
  • Disseminate information regarding disaster and emergency preparedness.
  • Maintain outdoor warning sirens.


The city of Maplewood has 13 outdoor warning sirens. Because we do not have the staff to monitor all 13 sirens when they are activated, our Siren Monitors listen for the siren in their area during monthly testing and actual soundings. They report back to us using pre-stamped postcards we provide on whether the siren operated properly. Repairs can then be made to any sirens that did not operate properly. If you are interested in being a siren monitor, please call 651-249-2800.

What to do When You Hear the Outdoor Warning Sirens Sounding

Don't call 911 or the Police Department. Go indoors and turn on your TV or radio for information.

If the Siren in Your Area Didn't Sound/Won't Shut Off

Call the Emergency Management Department at 651-249-2800. If after hours or you reach our voice mail, leave a message with your name, phone number, the area where the siren is located, and a description of the problem. If it's urgent, such as a siren won't shut off, and you cannot reach us, contact the Police Department non-emergency at 651-777-8191

Can't Hear the Sirens Indoors

The sirens are meant for outdoor warning. Depending on things like how far you live from a siren or if you have a noisy air conditioner, you may or may not be able to hear it indoors. For indoor warning, a weather alert monitor can be purchased for about $40-$50. Weather alert monitors are activated by the National Weather Service to warn of severe weather. Weather radios with NWS S.A.M.E. decode capability can be set to respond to alerts fro Ramsey County only. Older tone decodes weather radios will respond to any weather alert in the NWS metro warning area.

Emergency Management Volunteer Opportunities

Ramsey County Emergency Management has several volunteer programs and they are always looking for new members. Many of the volunteers are husband/wife or parent/child teams, and a number of them are also members of more than 1 unit.


Members of the Ramsey County Skywarn Unit (Skywarn Spotters) are activated during severe thunderstorms. They monitor weather conditions in the field and report back to the Ramsey County Office. The county then passes the information received by the Spotters on to the National Weather Service. Skywarn Spotter training is held each spring by Ramsey County Emergency Management and members are required to attend the course every 2 years to remain active.

For classes: