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Propane Shortage Information
The Governor has declared a State of Emergency due to a serious propane shortage. The State has established a public hotline for Minnesotans with propane issues or concerns. The hotline is staffed with experts from the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
Hotline: 651.297.1304 (Monday - Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
- Conserve energy as much as possible.
- Turn down thermostats and be aware of your propane use.
- Reach out to family and friends for assistance.
- Check on your neighbors.
- Check with your local emergency management agency to find resources in your community. Click here for a list of County Emergency Managers.
- Call 911 only in a crisis.
- If you need heating assistance, contact the Commerce Department for more information about the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program at 1.800.657.3710 or online.
Winter is a unique season in that we have to be mindful of the hazards it presents both outdoors (hypothermia, frostbite from exposure to the cold, or over exertion while shoveling heavy snow), indoors (home winterization and indoor air quality issues related to the extra time we spend inside during the season), and on the road (safe driving techniques for snow and ice and what a winter car kit should contain).
For more information on winter preparedness | State of Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness
Tune In to Winter Weather
Knowing your local forecasts and conditions will help you prepare for winter weather hazards such as: snow storms, blizzards, ice, freezing rain, and/or extremely cold temperatures. Good sources for winter weather updates are local TV news, local radio stations that offer frequent weather updates or the National Weather Service. There are also many services available for cell phone users that will provide up to date weather information for your location and send you alerts of existing or pending hazardous weather, some are free while other do have an associated cost.
For more information on winter weather terms and making sense of the forecast | National Weather Service
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National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)
The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.
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What is Emergency Management?
Emergency Management is the process of preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from an emergency. Emergency Management is a dynamic process. Planning, though critical, is not the only component. Training, conducting drills, testing equipment and coordinating activities with the community are other important functions.
* Get a kit. * * Make a plan. * * Be informed. * * Get involved. *
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