Emergency Management


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

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Find the latest from the National Weather Service here, with its info-graphic - Twin Cities Weather Story

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Make sure you are ready as you travel over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house, or anyone else's house  https://www.ready.gov/car

Extreme Heat can be not just dangerous, but deadly!  Learn more here

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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.
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For forecast and weather information, visit the National Weather Service Twin Cities website

Twin Cities Weather Story and outlook -- a great graphical guide to the weather: https://www.weather.gov/mpx/weatherstory

Enhanced Weather Outlook graphical tool HERE to help you see what weather hazards may be present or forecasted

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Air Quality Index and information can be found here.

Be Air Aware and understand how air quality can affect your health!


Climate of Minnesota can be found here and you can look at the current conditions 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. 

Videos on various preparedness topics can be found HERE.  Videos are available on many topics in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Lao, and Khmer

Visit ECHO website HERE to learn more.

Saint Paul Forestry Downed trees from storm 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

Emergency Preparedness Tools & Publications

Important templates, tools, and talking points to help you prepare now so you're ready for later.

Emergency Supply List English Spanish Vietnamese Urdu Tagalog Russian Korean Japanese Hindi Haitian French Chinese arabic
Family Emergency Plan English Spanish Vietnamese Urdu Tagalog Russian Korean Japanese Hindi Haitian French Chinese arabic

FEMA/Ready.gov Preparedness Video Library

RED CROSS EMERGENCY APP - The Red Cross provides a number of mobile apps to help prepare for disasters, including Floods, Tornadoes and Wildfires.  The Red Cross also offers Disaster Safety for Children to help talk with children about disaster preparedness topics. 



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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.


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 programed for your specific County and can sound for a variety of weather events.


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.