McLeod County Emergency Management
Kevin Mathews, Director
Division of the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office
801 10th Street East Glencoe, MN 55336
320-864-3134 (24 hour dispatch)
Job Description Overview
Under the direction of the Sheriff, the Emergency Management Director exercises command over the areas of multi-hazard planning and preparation, risk management, and occupational health & safety for McLeod County. Responsibilities include directing, assigning, and supervising the activities of Sheriff's Office and other county staff, evaluating work performance, instructing in new and improved methods while inspecting activities. The Emergency Management Director is required to exercise knowledge of methods and techniques in planning, response, recovery, and mitigation, as well as seasoned judgment in providing services to meet emergencies in special situations.
McLeod County Emergency Management aims for all agencies and volunteers, who play a significant role in responding to and recovering from disasters, to be equipped, prepared and follow comprehensive plans to handle any type of disaster within the County.
Direct the administration and coordination of Homeland Security and Emergency Management programs in order to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local requirements.
Keeping McLeod County Ready
Provide information and guidance to our local communities in order to protect, prepare, respond, recover, and mitigate from any emergency/disaster incident.
Outdoor Warning System
McLeod County's warning system is intended for outdoor warning only. It is not designed to be heard inside your home or business. Our local warning system is tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00pm. The sirens are maintained by the cities within the County. Any questions regarding siren issues should be directed to your local city office or McLeod County Emergency Management.
Severe Weather Awareness Week
Each April, Emergency Management offers public announcements regarding tornadoes, flooding, heat, and other spring and summer hazards. Sirens will be sounded at 1:45pm and again at 6:55pm.
April 21 - 25, 2014 - Tornado drills on Thursday, April 24
April 13 - 17, 2015 - Tornado drills on Thursday, April 16
April 11 - 15, 2016 - Tornado drills on Thursday, April 14
Winter Hazard Awareness Week
Each November, Emergency Management offers public announcements to inform the community of outdoor winter safety, winter fire safety, winter car safety, and other winter hazards.
November 10 - 14, 2014
November 9 - 13, 2015
November 14 - 18, 2016
History of Presidential Disaster Declarations in McLeod County
2013 Severe Storm/Flood
2011 Severe Storms/Flood
1996 Snow Disaster
4 PHASES OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Everyone has a role to play in protecting his or her own safety. The websites at the bottom of this page are given so that you have access to an in-depth guide to individual and family preparedness. The sites offer a step-by-step approach to specific hazards relevant to your environment and how you can prepare yourself and your family members. There is information available on many topics including: weather, survival kits, household chemicals, children, water conservation and much more.
Our local agencies are vitally important to our communities. They are made up of dedicated people who bring their talents together as a team in order to provide a network of emergency services to preserve life and property. They are a group of people who change lives. They train, educate, provide information, and communicate awareness. It is an honor and privilege to have these men and women serve in our communities:
Law Enforcement Agencies
||Buffalo Lake Ambulance
||Allina Ambulance -Hutchinson
|Lester Prairie Police
||Lester Prairie Fire
||Silver Lake Ambulance
|Silver Lake Police
||Silver Lake Fire
||LifeLink Air Ambulance
|McLeod County Sheriff's Office
|Minnesota State Patrol
|Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources
City Emergency Management Agencies
Other Response Organiations
|Biscay Emergency Management
||Glencoe Regional Health Services
|Brownton Emergency Management
||Hutchinson Area Health Care
|Glencoe Emergency Management
||McLeod County Public Health
|Hutchinson Emergency Management
||McLeod County Geographic Information Systems
|Lester Prairie Emergency Management
||Amateur Radio Emergency Services
|Plato Emergency Management
||McLeod County SKYWARN volunteers
|Silver Lake Emergency Management
Minnesota Dept of Public Safety - Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
|Stewart Emergency Management
||City Public Works Departments
|Wisnted Emergency Management
||American Red Cross - South Central Chapter
||McLeod County Emergency Food Shelf
Many people and organizations play a huge roll in the short-term and long-term recovery process. Recovery can be a long gradual process that addresses aiding the injured, health issues, and safety concerns. It is a process that gets you back into your community, into your home, and gets your life back to normal.
- City Public Works Departments
- County Highway Department
- McLeod Cooperative Power
- Hutchinson Utilities
- Glencoe Municipal Light & Power
- McLeod County Offices
- City Offices
- Glencoe Regional Health Services
- Hutchinson Area Health Care
- Local Telephone Companies
- Pipeline Suppliers
- Private Businesses
Personal Recovery: Coping with a disaster and its aftermath can cause an emotional toll that could be even more devastating than the actual destruction and loss of property. Everyone who experiences (or sees) a disaster is affected by it in some way. The following suggestions are taken from www.fema.gov. This site offers ways to ease the emotional toll caused by a disaster.
- Talk out your feelings
- Seek help from professional counselors
- Do not hold yourself responsible for the disaster
- Do not become frustrated if you are unable to assist in the rescue work
- Maintain a normal family life and daily routine
- Spend time with family and friends
- Use existing support groups
Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. This is achieved through risk analysis, which results in information that provides a foundation for mitigation activities that reduce risk, and flood insurance that protects financial investment.
FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and implements a variety of programs authorized by Congress to reduce losses that may result from natural disasters. Effective Mitigation efforts can break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repetitive damages.
The McLeod County Board of Commissioners adopted the McLeod County All Hazard Mitigation Plan in February 2009.