Emergency Management Director:
The Emergency Management Office makes an organized effort to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all-hazard emergencies. This office works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (MnHSEM), area law enforcement, fire departments, EMS, and city emergency managers to coordinate the plans and operations of the various components of emergency response. This office is responsible for producing and maintaining an approved All-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan for Wabasha County as well as the Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Wabasha-Kellogg School is Reception Site for Nuclear Generating Plant Evacuation Exercise
Wabasha-Kellogg School has an important role to play in the unlikely event of an incident at one of the two nuclear generating plants in Minnesota. As part of the Department of Public Safety's Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program, five reception centers are designated for evacuees from the Monticello or Red Wing areas in the event of an incident at the nuclear generating plants in those communities.
The five reception centers – at high schools in Cottage Grove, Princeton, Rogers, St. Cloud, and Wabasha – could receive and process evacuees from the area that surrounds each nuclear generating plant in the event of an incident. Thousands of evacuees would be registered, tested for radiation contamination and directed to temporary shelters. Those found to have radiological contamination would be evaluated and, when appropriate, be decontaminated through a change of clothes and shower. Nearby sites also would handle testing and decontamination of evacuees' household pets and vehicles.
State, county, tribal, city, and school officials work closely together to ensure that the health and safety of the public is protected in the event of a radiological incident. All of these emergency planners participate in full-scale exercises every other year to demonstrate readiness for an incident. Wabasha-Kellogg area residents may notice emergency vehicles, personnel and activity at the Wabasha-Kellogg School when these exercises are taking place. The exercises also involve local hospital and ambulance personnel and volunteer organizations, such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), and other groups. The exercises are overseen by the MN Department of Public Safety's Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) division and are evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
More information about the REP program is available on the Department of Public Safety's website: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/hsem/radiological-emergency-preparedness/Pages/default.aspx