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Saint Paul Department of Emergency Management

Al Glass
Emergency Management Coordinator

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.

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New Warning System Story
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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
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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.

Severe Weather Awareness Information
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Severe Weather Awareness Information


An informed, involved community is more resilient to disaster, and being prepared helps reduce the risks and costs of hazardous weather events.

Here are a few simple ideas on how individuals, families, businesses, and schools can participate and increase knowledge:


? Create or update emergency plans with your entire family so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency. Ensure everyone has up-to-date contact info and knows what to do.

? Practice your family plan. Have everyone build a family emergency kit together.

? Check with places your family spends time, such as schools, workplaces, churches, markets, or sports facilities to learn what their emergency plans are.

? Share the plans for these areas with your entire family and talk about what you would do if your family was not together during a disaster.


? Involve your neighbors. Help prepare your neighborhood by asking, "What’s our plan?" Talk to your neighbors about their preparedness plans and make sure your plans are compatible. Find out who has special needs and might need help in an emergency.

? Plan with your neighborhood. Ask your Home Owners Association, your Tenants Group or Neighborhood Civic Association to make emergency preparedness an agenda item during your next meeting. Make sure there is an evacuation plan for your neighborhood, and communicate it to your neighbors.

? Help neighbors get informed. Host a neighborhood preparedness meeting. Invite your local emergency manager or responders to help lead the discussions.


? Include preparedness activities at community events. Consider local events already scheduled in your community, such as state or county fairs, festivals, parades, or sporting events.

? Encourage local governments and civic groups to help. Ask local Scouts, Lions, chambers of commerce, etc. to set up a booth to distribute emergency preparedness information, recruit volunteers, and discuss preparedness plans within your community.

? Host a Local Preparedness Fair. Reach out to prominent organizations in your community, such as faith-based and community organizations, businesses, and schools to help coordinate a preparedness fair.

? Find out how to create or participate in a Citizen Corps - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in your town or neighborhood.


? Update and distribute emergency contact information to your employees. Additionally, create and distribute a list of important emergency numbers. Designate critical function or emergency personnel.

? Organize an emergency preparedness procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans. Ensure everyone understands their roles in a "what if?" scenario.

? Host a disaster preparedness brown bag lunch for employees. Invite local emergency managers to give a disaster preparedness briefing.

? Get a NOAA Weather Radio and put it on display in your break room or other high-traffic locations and encourage employees to get their own for their homes as well.

? Put an updated copy of the facility emergency plan on everyone’s desk or in email and have group meetings to review it.

? Showcase instructional videos or distribute preparedness information. Provide information online about training opportunities.

? Conduct business continuity training. Contact a local business continuity or emergency management professional and work with company leadership to create or update disaster and continuity plans.

? Conduct office evacuation/shelter-in-place exercises and drills. Schedule an emergency exercise or drill. Once completed, evaluate and decide if new procedures or training are needed. Consult with local responders or emergency managers to participate, observe or advise.

? Distribute emergency preparedness messages. Include emergency preparedness messages in communication touch points such as e-mails, newsletter articles, bill stuffers, receipts, and social media.

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