Emergency Management

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.

Summer is Here, Remember to be Aware

Summer is here and we must remember to be aware of the heat and its dangers.

Early Warning System 

The City of Saint Paul has 37 warning sirens throughout the city. Emergency Management Director Rick Larkin talks about the upgrades.

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.

Saint Paul Winter Snow Emergency App

The FREE Saint Paul Winter Snow Parking app provides:

  • notifications when snow emergencies are declared
  • when and where you need to move your vehicle
  • a map showing where you can and cannot park during all phases of the snow emergency
  • basic snow emergency parking information
  • contact information if you have questions
  • towing locations and contact information
  • links to snow emergency information in 8 languages

Make sure you don’t get towed this winter by downloading the Winter Snow Parking app. For more information, please visit Saint Paul Public Works for more information about this app.

Red Cross Emergency Apps

The Red Cross provides a number of mobile apps to help prepare for disasters, including Floods, Tornados and Wildfires.