Emergency Management 

What does Washington County Emergency Management (WCEM) do?

WCEM is responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness throughout the county. In addition to the writing and coordination of emergency operation plans, WCEM offers public education, and provides assistance to local jurisdictions and county agencies before, during, and after disasters strike. WCEM works in collaboration with local, state, and federal officials, and partners with neighboring jurisdictions, to facilitate better preparedness, response, and recovery from natural and human-made disasters.

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.

Remember for all emergencies, call 911.

  1. Planning and Preparing
  2. Severe Weather Awareness
  3. Contact Information
  4. Winter Hazard Awareness
  5. Flood Events
  6. Emergency Alerts

Outdoor Warning Sirens

Washington County has many outdoor warning sirens. For more information, please see our "Warning Siren Information" sheet.

To see a map of sirens, please see the attached map which was updated in 2016.

Are you ready, Minnesota?
All Minnesotans should begin the process of learning about potential hazards and threats so we are better prepared to react during an emergency. While there is no way to predict what will happen, or what your personal circumstances will be, there are simple things you can do now to prepare yourself and your loved ones.
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or human-caused emergency. With a little planning and common sense, you can be better prepared for the unexpected.
Washington County Emergency Operations Plan
Washington County Emergency Management is currently updating the Emergency Operation Plan – a countywide plan to provide a guide for emergency operations. The purpose of the plan is to coordinate the effective use of County resources so as to mitigate the loss of life and property, prepare for emergencies, respond to emergencies, recover from the emergency to a state of normalcy and to provide support to political subdivisions in the county which require assistance.

Washington County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan  
Washington County Emergency Management is currently updating the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan – a countywide plan required by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to retain eligibility for certain FEMA funding sources. Washington County Emergency Management will be submitting the revised plan for approval to the State of Minnesota and FEMA in the fall of 2018.

Mitigation is the act of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something. Mitigation activities reduce the loss of lives and property damage in the event of a hazard occurring in one or more communities of the county. The All-Hazard Mitigation Plan includes a list of goals, objectives and strategies for cities, townships, and the county to better prepare for disasters by taking steps to reduce the impact a natural or manmade disaster could have. This will help reduce costs when hazards do occur. By being as prepared as possible for various hazards, the county, cities and townships intend to reduce costs and save lives.

This plan update is intended to continue the discussion of mitigating for a variety of hazards such as flooding, tornadoes, and terrorism while documenting risks and associated mitigation projects throughout Washington County.  
Thank you to all who chose to be a part of the updating process. If you are interested in viewing the Washington County All Hazard Mitigation Plan, please click here, or, contact Kelli Matzek (see contact information below).

The following cities and townships were a part of updating the Washington County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan:
City of Afton, City of Bayport, City of Birchwood, City of Cottage Grove, City of Dellwood, City of Forest Lake, City of Grant, City of Hugo, City of Lake Elmo, City of Lakeland, City of Lakeland Shores, City of Lake St. Croix Beach, City of Landfall, City of Mahtomedi, City of Marine St. Croix Beach, City of Newport, City of Oakdale, City of Oak Park Heights, City of Pine Springs, City of St. Mary’s Point, City of St. Paul Park, City of Scandia, City of Stillwater, City of Willernie, City of Woodbury, Baytown Township, Denmark Township, Grey Cloud Island Township, May Township, Stillwater Township and West Lakeland Township

For more information or if you have any questions or comments, please contact Kelli Matzek with Washington County Emergency Management at Kelli.Matzek@co.washington.mn.us