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.
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Preparing for the Flu (including H1N1)
Winter Hazard Awareness Week - November 4-8, 2013 Everyone in Minnesota still needs to prepare for the outdoor hazards of a cold, snowy, icy winter and the indoor hazards that occur winter. every
To help do that, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, along with the National Weather Service and other state agencies, sponsors the annual “ Winter Hazard Awareness Week ” each fall to remind people to take simple steps that lead to an enjoyable and safe winter season.
The week-long event includes a media campaign, online informational materials and locally sponsored public presentations. The campaign focuses on specific topics for each day and can be used in conjunction with school, church, or other civic education or safety programs. The information is available throughout the season.
Severe Weather Awareness Week 2013
Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 15-19, 2013.
For more than 25 years, the state of Minnesota has conducted a Severe Weather Awareness Week in partnership with the National Weather Service and local governments.
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 Thursday, April 18 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.
A those times, sirens and NOAA Weather Radios are will sound in a simulated tornado warning. The first drill is intnended for institutions and businesses, while the evening drill is intended for second shift workers and especially famlies.
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.
Ramsey County Emergency Management
State of Minnesota Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency
What does Emergency Management do?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.
I hear the outdoor warning sirens sounding, what do I do?
Don't call 911 or the Police Department. Go indoors and turn on your TV or radio for information.
The siren in my area didn't sound/won't shut off, who do I contact?
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 Dept. non-emergency at (651)777-8191
Why can't I 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 $40.00-$50.00. 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 one 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 two years to remain active.
(The following two links for other classes have not been updated yet for 2014)
Metro skywarn classes:
Other skywarn classes