Steele County Emergency Management

Status: Steele County is operating normally.

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Welcome to Steele County Emergency Management

Steele County Emergency Management maintains a on call state of readiness twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. This is accomplished by the dedication of two Minnesota Certified Emergency Management Directors. Mike Johnson is the Emergency Management Director and Tom Karnauskas serves as the Deputy Director.

Our programs such as (CERT) Community Emergency Response Team, (SKYWARN) Severe Weather Spotter program, (RACES) Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and (CAER) Community Awareness Emergency Response are succussful because of many volunteers who with the williingness of their family and employers are able to leave at a moments notice to serve our community when needed. Our staff and volunteers are well prepared to respond to disasters because of their pride and enthusiasm they show in ongoing training for disaster response. They have been tried and tested during tornadoes, floods and other disasters and have performed extremily well in past disasters. In addition to responding to disasters, our staff and volunteers provide public education opportunities in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

We hope this website has provided you with valuable information regarding the emergency management program and our services along with helpful disaster information.

Please call Steele County Emergency Management at 507-444-2454 if you have any questions.

You may also reach us by e-mail:

Emergency Notification System - Be Prepared, Be Notified!

Steele County has implemented a new Emergency Notification System called Everbridge. Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for the Steele County Emergency Notification System. This notification system enables Steele and Rice Counties to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuations of our buildings or neighborhoods. You will receive time sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as you home, cell, business phone, email, text messages, hearing impaired receiving device, and more. You pick where, you pick how. Click the everbridge logo to enroll.