Winter isn't coming anymore, winter is HERE
For more on Extreme Cold Safety information, visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/cold/. Ensure your car is ready with an emergency kit by visiting https://www.ready.gov/car. Dress in layers to best fight the cold conditions and properly mitigate body temperatures. See the Wind Chill chart here
National Weather Service - Twin Cities Weather Story
During such extreme cold, staying warm at home can put a stress on heating systems and other options are used. Keep all space heaters at least 3 feet from combustible material. Carbon Monoxide is a threat to be aware of; install or check your Carbon Monoxide detectors.
Snow Emergency? Can I park there? Check out Saint Paul Public Works website to learn more here
Winter is here! Learn more about how to prepare for winter https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
Make sure you are ready as you travel over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house, or anyone else's house, this winter https://www.ready.gov/car
||Ready.gov has a multilingual webpage Resources for Other Languages. Each page contains flyers, brochures, tri-folds, press releases and public service announcements tailored to provide disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation information.|
For forecast and weather information, visit the National Weather Service Twin Cities website
Winter Weather Outlook forecast
Twin Cities Weather Story and outlook: https://www.weather.gov/mpx/weatherstory
Ice Safety tips
How miserable is this winter? Were the winters when you were young worse than they are now? You may be able to prove it with the Winter Misery Index. Find out here
Winter Weather tips here
Weather safety tips in other languages here
As leaders in multi-language health, safety and emergency readiness communications, ECHO has worked with bilingual community leaders and health and safety experts to create preparedness information, messaging and high quality videos in multiple languages.
|Saint Paul Forestry||Downed trees from storm or ice damage? Here's what you need to know. https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation/natural-resources/forestry/storm-response|
Health Preparedness Topics
Seasonal Influenza Information can be found here
Translated material on Influenza can be found here
|Tuberculosis information is available here|
|Emergency Preparedness information is available here|
||Zika Virus information|
WHAT WE DO
The mission of Emergency Management is to build, sustain and improve our community’s capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from threatened or actual disasters, whether natural or man-made and acts of terrorism. We accomplish this by working with our partner agencies and organizations. This mission ensures that Saint Paul remains the "Most Livable City in America."
The City’s emergency readiness planning efforts focus on all hazards: weather-related disasters, terrorism, and disease outbreaks. Emergency preparedness requires strong partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies. While these partnerships are essential to ensuring that we have the resources we need to handle such an emergency, it is important to realize that all of us play a part in being prepared and vigilant. Prepare yourself and family for when disaster strikes. Have emergency kits for both your home and vehicle, emergency contact information, emergency plans such as fire escape routes or what to do for a tornado, know at least 2 ways out of your neighborhood or work location, and save important documents in a portable media device. More information can be found at www.Ready.gov
THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL IS EMAP ACCREDITED!
The City of Saint Paul has completed its accreditation review and is compliant with all 64 Emergency Management industry standards. This is a great accomplishment by the city that only about a dozen other cities can claim! You can read more about this here.
OUTDOOR SIREN ACTIVATION
Counties and cities own the sirens, and therefore decide how and when to activate them. The National Weather Service does not sound them.
Sirens are activated for:
- Monthly test (1st Wednesday of every month at 1 PM)
- Tornado warnings
- All severe thunderstorm warnings with winds in excess of 70 MPH
- Sirens normally sound for about three minutes, and then go silent
- There is no such thing as an "all-clear" for storms
What to do when sirens are activated:
- When sirens are sounded they are to alert people outside of an impending severe weather event.
- 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.
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
The Ramsey County Emergency Center (9-1-1 center) alerts residents of emergencies. Residents may sign up to receive these Emergency Alerts. To receive these alerts, please click on this link.
RED CROSS EMERGENCY APP
The Red Cross provides a number of mobile apps to help prepare for disasters, including Floods, Tornadoes and Wildfires.