Emergency Management

Emergency Management
EM Director:Ashley Meier  Phone: 320-679-8421

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   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.

Department Description:
   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.

Get Ready

 CodeRed Notifications  
 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
   Wildfire Danger

State Links

Minnesota Association of Emergency Managers
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Federal Links

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
American Red Cross

Salvation Army

US Department of Defense
Emergency Response Guide
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Homeland Security
White House Briefing Room
National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB)


Sandbag suppliers
Kanabec County has a limited supply of sandbags available for the public. Contact the EM Director for availability.

Plaisted Companies
11555 205th Ave NW
Elk River, MN  55330

Brock White

580 41st Ave N
St Cloud, MN
No minimum

Berg Bag Company
8700 109th Avenue North, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 
500 bag minimum

July 2018 Flood Information
Flood Recovery - Press Release
Public Health-Flood Precautions

Monetary Donation to help Flood Victims
Lakes and Pines
Weather Radar

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 valerieb@lakesandpines.org (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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