Severe Weather Awareness Week

November 9-13, 2015



I.          Emergency Management


Mission: " To support our community's disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation needs through the coordination of information and resources."


Vision: " A disaster ready community."



What is Emergency Management?


Emergency Management is:

  • The process of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery from emergencies and disasters.
  • The focal point for overall coordination for all disasters.
  • Planning, training, conducting drills, testing equipment and coordinating activities with communities.

Effective Emergency Management relies on thorough integration of emergency plans at all levels of government and non-government involvement.


What does Kandiyohi County Emergency Management (KCEM) do?


KCEM is responsible for development of community based plans and programs to maintain a state of readiness to meet natural, man-made, and technological disasters on a local or countywide basis.  KCEM also coordinates and maintians inventories of disaster resources in the county, both public and private, as well as plans for the effective utilization of resources in the county with the assistance of designated county emergency management staff, appointed municipal directors, and volunteers. 


(The following county agencies fall under KCEM)


II.          Kandiyohi County Safety Department:


Mission:  "Kandiyohi County Management realizes that it has the responsibility to provide safe work places for its employees, and safe environments for its citizens. Each employee must pursue the highest standards in his or her assigned activities, and all county employees must recognize that the well being of persons and the protection of our physical resources are as important as the activity and work being performed.


Kandiyohi County has established a Loss Control Management Program, and the county expects its management,supervisors and employees to respond to all planned safety efforts and to perform their assigned jobs in the safest possible manner.


The Safety Directors will be assigned the responsibility of implementing, organizing, maintaining safety program.  This will include staff direction, safety committee activity and administration of our safety program."


III.         Kandyohi County Rescue Squad:


Mission:   "Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad will operate as a division of Kandiyohi County Emergency Management and as such shall prepare for and conduct rescue operation as follows:"

  1. To save lives and minimize injury by the extrication of accident victims in the County ofKandiyohi.
  2. To assist law enforcement in search and rescue, evacuation, crowd control, helicopter landing zone and traffic direction in emergency situations.
  3. To assist emergency medical personnel in an accident or disaster situation as needed, including administration of patient care to the level trained (first responder) as requested.
  4. To assist Kandiyohi County Fire Departments as needed including a portable air refill supply service, Technical Rescue,HAZMaterials as requested.
  5. To perform such duties as deemed necessary by the Director, Kandiyohi County Emergency Management, to safeguard the lives and property of the residents ofKandiyohiCountyin emergency or disaster situations.


Director: Donald Ericson

Deputy Director: Kim Lindahl

235-5133 Phone 214-6777 Fax

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