EM Director: Kelly Schmitt Phone: 320-679-8421
Mission: To promote the safety and well-being of Kanabec County citizens through the coordination of the emergency management program with local, county, state and federal partners. This is done by maximizing capabilities and resources of the county in the areas of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Emergency Management administers a countywide program and coordinates with all local jurisdictions. This coordination follows Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS) methodology: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, Recovery.
Emergency Management collaborates with a wide range of partners within Kanabec County and beyond. This includes but is not limited to law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, public health, public works, hospitals, government administrations, elected officials, volunteer organizations and the private sector.
Coordination of the IEMS is done in compliance with local, State and Federal regulations. Emergency Management ensures countywide compliance with regulations, laws and policies.
There are four pinciples of Emergency Management.
PREPAREDNESS: Preparing your family, community, and business for unknown events. Creating a Plan, Making a preparedness KIT, Getting involved with organizations or your community to help each other. Risk assessments, public education, pre-disaster policies and agreements, communication sharing, training and disaster exercises are important factors.
MITIGATION: Training, equipment or actions that can help avoid a disaster or minimize its impact are mitigation activities. Other examples include building flood dikes, adopting wind resistant construction methods, storm shelters, Firewise property methods and building new warning systems.
RESPONSE: This involves the cooridination of all responding agencies and individuals intended to do the most good for the most people and reduce or prevent loss of life and property due to a disaster.
RECOVERY: What efforts can help to return the community back to normal following a disaster? Recovery efforts can include debris removal, rebuilding roads, returning people to their homes, etc.
The Emergency Management division of the Sheriff's Office is concerned with the threat and prevention of emergencies. This division is responsible for the coordination of personnel and emergency services, in the event of an emergency situation.
View the links below for information on emergency preparedness.
Lakes and Pines
Home Preparedness Tips
Local Flooding Information
Snake River (Warman)
Snake River (Mora)
Snake River (Grasston)
National Weather Service (NWS)
Skywarn Storm Spotter classes
Minnesota Association of Emergency Managers
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
American Red Cross
US Department of Defense
Emergency Response Guide
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
White House Briefing Room
National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB)
Kanabec County has a limited supply of sandbags available for the public. Contact the EM Director for availability.
11555 205th Ave NW
Elk River, MN 55330
580 41st Ave N
St Cloud, MN
Berg Bag Company
8700 109th Avenue North, Suite 300
500 bag minimum
July 2018 Flood Information
Flood Recovery - Press Release
Public Health-Flood Precautions
Monetary Donation to help Flood Victims
Lakes and Pines
2018 Flood related contact information
Co Hwy Dept: 320-679-6300 - Sandbag/Debris disposal
Landfill : 320-679-4930
Lakes & Pines: - 320-679-1800 (business hours) Assistance request/Volunteers
320-224-7805 or email@example.com (after hours/weekends)
Public Health: 320-679-6330 - Well, sewer, mold concerns
Co Assessor: 320-679-6420 - If you have structural damage to buildings
Co Coordinator: - 320-679-6440 - If you had any storm related loss
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