Emergency Preparedness


A key role of local health departments, along with health care partners, is planning.  We must prepare and practice in order to respond to an event while considering the impacts to people in our community when public health, health care or behavioral health systems are compromised or unavailable during and after a disaster.

Be Ready: Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed. A public health emergency is anything that causes, or could cause, injuries or illness to a large number of people. Public health emergencies include the following:

  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Health-endangering effects of severe weather, natural disasters and power outages
  • Incidents resulting in mass casualties
  • Toxic chemical or radiological releases
  • Acts of bioterrorism

If you have a Public Health Emergency to report, please visit our 
Emergency Reporting  webpage for information, telephone numbers, and websites. 


*For persons with limited English speaking ability, emergency preparedness information is available: 
ECHO  Minnesota 
(Emergency & Community Health Outreach) 
at 651-224-3344.



Contact us if you have non-emergency questions:



What can YOU do to be Ready?

BE INFORMED: What to do before, during, and after an emergency.

MAKE A PLAN: Prepare, Plan and stay informed for emergencies. 

BUILD A KIT: Build a kit for disasters to be prepared. 

GET INVOLVED: Learn more about community preparedness.

BUSINESS: Plan for and protect your business. 

KIDS: Fun and games to get kids involved in preparedness.

CARING FOR ANIMALS: Take care of your pets in a disaster.

PREPARING MAKES SENSE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS:  Common sense measures for individuals with disabilities, special needs and caregivers.

PREPARING MAKES SENSE FOR SENIORS: Common sense measures for seniors.

PANDEMIC READINESS: Preparing for a disease pandemic.

CodeRED is a FREE emergency notification service provided to all residents within Renville County that will notify you of emergency information through phone calls, text messages, emails and social media. Click below to enroll or learn more:
 Code Red

The Renville County Sheriff's Department offers many programs for Emergency Preparedness and Safety, including Project Lifesaver and File of Life. Click below to learn more:



Click on the link to reach the most current up-to-date breaking news from the Centers for Disease Control for Public Health Preparedness and Emergency: 
Public Health Emergency

Try out the American Red Cross mobile phone app, and access other resources through American Red Cross: 
American Red Cross

Click here for a list of additional RESOURCES.

"Home Hazard Hunt" Checklist 

"Take 5 to Survive" 5 Minute Projects 
Try out the FEMA mobile phone app, and access other resources through FEMA:


Minnesota Responds 

Volunteer for Minnesota Responds! Minnesota Responds is a partnership that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to assist our public health and healthcare systems during a disaster. Major emergencies can overwhelm the capabilities of hospitals and clinics, particularly during the first 12-72 hours of a large scale emergency. Volunteers during this critical time can play an important role to improve overall response capabilities. Local volunteer coordinators mobilize health and “non-health” volunteers to respond to emergencies with in the community, or if the volunteer is interested, within the state. A wide variety of people and skills are needed, everything from answering the phones to providing immunizations. You may take the free online course Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps: An Online Orientation for Volunteers at: http://sph.umn.edu/ce/online.  Please consider registering: www.MNResponds.org