Emergency Management

Disasters Happen

Responsibilities & Services

Crow Wing County Emergency Management coordinates with local, state, and federal agencies to preserve life, property, and the well-being of our citizens from natural, technological, and man-made disasters.

Severe Weather Awareness - April 9th - 14th, 2018

Statewide Tornado Drills will be on Thursday, April 12th at 1:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.  This is the perfect time for families, communities, schools and local businesses to review and talk about their emergency plan and how they can prepare for the upcoming severe weather season. 

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For more information on SKYWARN, visit National Weather Service - Duluth

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A free Skywarn Class will be offered on Monday, April 16th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building, Meeting Room 1, 322 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN. 

Warnings and Alerts: Keeping Ahead of the Storm

Minnesotans should listen to a NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio and television for the latest winter storm warnings, watches and advisories. The National Weather Service issues outlooks, watches, warnings and advisories for all winter weather hazards. Here’s what they mean and what to do.

  • OUTLOOK:  Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2-5 days. Stay tuned to local media for updates.
  • WATCH:  Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36-48 hours. Prepare now!
  • WARNING:  Life-threatening severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Act now.
  • ADVISORY:  Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. If you are cautious, these situations should not be life threatening. Electronic equipment is available to receive weather information: NOAA Weather Radio, radio, television, and cellphone.

Fact Sheet:  NWS- Winter Weather Terms 

Outdoor Warning Sirens are tested on the 1st Wednesday of the Month at 1:00 p.m.

September is National Preparedness Month
This year’s theme is “Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today." Having a simple phone list or communications plan is often the easiest way to prepare for emergencies. Making sure everyone knows who to call or where to go if and when a disaster strikes can often make the difference between worry and peace of mind. Take the time to make your communications now - not when a disaster happens. These pages from Ready.gov can help you create your family emergency plan. 
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"Emergency Preparedness - It's Everyone's Responsibility"
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