Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management’s mission 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. This mission, in turn, serves the City Goals of "Living Well: Minneapolis is safe and livable …" and "A City that works: City Government that runs well and connects to the community it serves."
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. 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 – our residents, businesses and nonprofit agencies – play a part in being prepared and vigilant.
This site will provide you with resources that will keep you both informed and prepared if we are faced with an emergency situation. Here is some basic information that you and your family can use to prepare for an emergency:
- Preparing for emergencies – English (pdf)
- Kev npaj rau lub caij muaj xwm txheej ceev -Emergencies [Hmong] (pdf)
- Qorshaha Gar-Gaarka deg-degga ah [Somali] (pdf)
- Preparativos para Emergencias [Spanish] (pdf)
Flooding and Flood Insurance
Anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. Owners in high-risk flood areas are required to have flood insurance, but residents and business owners outside high-risk areas can also purchase flood insurance and may be eligible for lower-cost Preferred Risk Policies.
Purchasing flood insurance is the most powerful action people can take to mitigate the financial risk of flood before – and recover after – a flood event. Flood insurance is both a mitigation and recovery tool. A common misconception is that homeowners’ policies cover flood damage. In fact, most homeowner and business multi-peril policies do not cover flooding. Federal disaster assistance also does not always pay for flood damage.
Fortunately, property owners in Minneapolis can purchase affordable protection to insure against flood losses. Minneapolis participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which since 1978 has paid nearly $52.5 billion in flood-insurance claims that have helped hundreds of thousands of families and businesses recover from flood events.
What’s covered? Flood insurance generally covers physical damage to buildings or personal possessions, if the damage is caused by a flood. For example, damage caused by a sewer backup is covered, if the backup is the result of flooding.
Is there a waiting period? In general, a flood-insurance policy does not take effect until 30 days after the purchase. However, if a policy is purchased in connection with making, increasing, extending, or renewing a loan, there is no waiting period.
How do I get flood insurance? To purchase flood insurance, homeowners, renters, and business owners in Minneapolis should speak to their insurance agent or call the NFIP Call Center at 1-800-427-4661.
Is there more information?
Severe Weather Preparedness
Severe weather (including winter storms, lighting storms and straight line winds) presents an ever present risk of damage and injury to the community. The impacts of winter storms, tornados, straight-line winds, increased rain and flooding will include property damage and injuries to the residents of Minneapolis as well as power and communications outages.
- Find information on these and more at www.ready.gov. Winter Hazard Awareness Week, begins in November and continues through the season on this website with updates, timely facts and tips. The web links listed here address some of the most common topics. Each page contains tips, fact sheets, data and links to additional resources. Refer to these pages throughout the season, and check back for updates and added resources.
- The City of Minneapolis partnered with ECHO Minnesota to produce a series of multi-language videos about how to use NOAA weather radios and other precautions to take during tornados, thunderstorms, flash floods and snowstorms.
- Take individual steps to prepare for a disaster today like downloading the FEMA app.
- More information on emergency preparedness and creating a home emergency kit
Meteorological Hazards Weather Fact Sheets
We encourage citizens to understand the hazards in their community and to be prepared should a hazard impact the City of Minneapolis. Hazard fact sheets are provided to help stress preparedness for the consequences of these hazards as well as understanding risk, watch versus warning, protective actions, and basic preparedness steps. Transportation accidents are an example of a technological hazard. Crude oil and chemicals transported by rail, put the community at risk of property destruction and injury resulting from derailments, and the resulting fires and chemical spill that may result in a variety of property and personal impacts.
How You Can Help
Become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member: The CERT program
educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our community. This valuable course is offered by the City of Minneapolis and is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.
Give blood. Blood donations are needed year around. Please call the Memorial Blood Centers of Minnesota or the American Red Cross in advance to schedule a time for your blood donation.
Make a Donation. The American Red Cross helps people free of charge when an emergency or disaster devastates a community. Click here for more information on how to make a donation to this effort.
- Federal resources to personal preparedness - Ready.gov
- Emergency and Community Health Outreach (in six languages) - EchoMinnesota.org
- Minnesota Helps opportunity for response to recent disasters - https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Index
- Ready.gov Resources for Seniors
- Ready.gov Resources for the disabled
- Ready.gov Local and state emergency preparedness sites
- American Red Cross resources (babysitter training, speakers bureau, preparedness tips) American Red Cross training opportunities (doc)
FBI Tip Line
Have a tip or information you regarding suspicious or terrorist activity? Contact the www.fbi.gov
- Want to receive periodic update from Office of Emergency Management? Please sign-up through GovDelivery and select "Emergency Management" from the Public Safety Group.
- Minnesota Department of Public Safety with additional information and links on public safety, terrorism, severe weather and other emergency preparedness.
- Weather Awareness from the Department of Public Safety
- Sign up to receive emergency notifications from the City of Minneapolis
Last updated Sep 3, 2019