Countywide Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Management is responsible for developing and maintaining a variety of programs and activities for the entire county. Here are just a few examples:
Emergency Operations Plan
Provides guidance for how emergency operations will be managed during a disaster. It is intended to assist key county officials and emergency organizations in carrying out their responsibilities for the protection of life and property under a wide range of emergency conditions.
The county plan applies to all townships and cities without their own local plan; some cities have developed their own unique plan, though consistent with the county’s.
All-Hazards Mitigation Plan
Recognizes the natural, human, and technological hazards that are possible in Otter Tail County and seeks to identify methods to eliminate their threat or reduce their impact. For more information, see Prevent & Reduce the Impact
Continuity of Operations Plan
A guide to be used in times of emergency to keep county government operational and able to continue providing services to residents, clients, communities, and employees. It is also guides county government reformation and rebuilding following a disaster.
Outdoor Warning Sirens
There are 27 sirens located in communities throughout Otter Tail County. Outdoor warning sirens will be sounded when a Tornado warning or Severe Weather Warning is issued by the National Weather Service, or as local public safety officials request. In addition, all outdoor warning sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of every month.
5 Things to Know About Otter Tail County’s Outdoor Warning Sirens
Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee
This group of 30+ representatives from throughout Otter Tail County provides ongoing support and advice to the Emergency Management program, with the goal to:
- Assure collaborative and coordinated city, county, and other partner planning for responding to emergencies.
- Identify and supplement resources available to address incidents.
- Communicate updates on requirements of various agencies involved in emergency response.
Training & Exercises
Every emergency response organization in Otter Tail County regularly participates in training and exercises – refreshing and testing everything from their technical skills to inter-agency coordination and cooperation. Support agencies also train and exercise on their responsibilities and how they fit into the overall structure of emergency response.
Emergency Management provides training opportunities to organizations, municipalities, county departments and other partners throughout the year, and hosts at least one county-level exercise every year. It also coordinates municipal exercises upon request. Recent local exercises include active threat/shooter, train derailment, propane explosion, dam failure, and winter storm scenarios.