City Council extends tornado emergency declaration

At an emergency meeting of the Minneapolis City Council Tuesday, May 24, the Council unanimously voted to extend Mayor R.T. Rybak’s Declaration of Local Emergency resulting from the May 22 tornado. The Mayor’s initial Declaration of Emergency was issued on May 22 at 7 p.m. for a period of 72 hours. The City Council acted to extend the Declaration of Emergency because the need for traffic control, scene security and incident management remain.

Tuesday’s emergency City Council meeting was needed because City ordinance requires that a regular or special meeting of the City Council be called within 72 hours of declaring a local emergency. Without Council ratification, the original emergency declaration would have automatically ended.

An emergency declaration is a necessary first step in applying for federal disaster aid.

Published May 24, 2011