Status: Partial EOC Activation due to COVID-19
September is National Preparedness Month
Visit National Preparedness Month | Ready.gov for more information and ideas on how you can prepare.
Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.
Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for alerts, safe-guarding important documents, and taking other low cost and no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.
Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
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Welcome to Steele County Emergency Management
Steele County Emergency Management maintains an on-call state of readiness twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. This is accomplished by the dedication of three Emergency Management Directors:
- Kristen Sailer, Emergency Management Director,
- Tom Karnauskas, Deputy Emergency Management Director,
- Megan Norbeck, Deputy Emergency Management Director,
Our volunteer programs include:
- CERT – Community Emergency Response Team
- SKYWARN – Severe Weather Spotter program
- RACES – Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
- CAER – Community Awareness Emergency Response.
These programs are successful because of many volunteers who with the willingness 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 extremely well in past disasters. In addition to responding to disasters, our staff and volunteers provide public education opportunities in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
Steele County Emergency Management is also supported by many other groups, including:
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 507-444-7500 if you have any questions.