Dakota County Emergency Preparedness


The Dakota County Sheriff's Office oversees Emergency Preparedness for Dakota County. The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (EPC) helps coordinate with all cities, townships and the State of Minnesota during times of disaster. In preparation for emergency response, the EPC facilitates training, drills and exercises for police, fire, and EMS as well as other affected county and city departments.


Specific emergency response plans have been developed and are maintained for a variety of situations county wide. They include:



New in 2015 is a policy change in Dakota County regarding our outdoor warning sirens. Effective January 1, 2015, the warning sirens will activate for all National Weather Service (NWS) Tornado warnings and for Severe Thunderstorm Warnings when wind speeds are expected to meet or exceed 70 mph. Also, local police and fire can call to have the sirens activated if they feel it is in the best interests of public safety based on what they are seeing or experienceing locally. (They see a funnel cloud, etc. and a warning has not yet been issued by the NWS)


The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator also recommends each family have a plan for their families in times of disasters. For further information of individual emergency preparedness and planning checklists for disasters, check out www.ready.gov for information.




Last Reviewed: 4/1/2016
Last Updated: 4/11/2016

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Dakota County Sheriff's Office

1580 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033

Emergency/Non-Emergency: 911