Planning and Preparedness

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’s Effort to Prepare for Hazards
Washington County Emergency Management is currently updating the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan – a countywide plan required by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This plan is required to be in place prior to receiving funds under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This plan is aimed at helping cities and townships in the county to mitigate (prepare) for a variety of hazards such as flooding, tornadoes, and terrorism before they occur. The purpose of the plan is to 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 the county to better prepare and coordinate efforts for disasters. 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.

The final draft was sent to FEMA for review and was approved in the spring/summer of 2012.

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 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