Emergency Management

**Heat Advisory**


- There is currently a Heat Advisory in the Twin Cities metro until Thursday at 8pm. The prolonged heat wave will have highs in the 90s and lows in the lower 70s will last through at least the middle of next week across the Upper Midwest. Looking ahead, above normal temperatures are favored through at least mid-June, with no significant cooldown in sight.

This briefing form the National Weather Service has additional information.

Emergency Management Responsibilities

Washington County Emergency Management (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.

What is Emergency Management?

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.