Governor declares emergency for propane shortage
The Governor declared a State of Peacetime Emergency in Minnesota in response to the persistent cold weather and the increased risk that households may run out of heating fuel, a situation that would pose an immediate threat to public safety.
Tips during the propane shortage
Most propane users in Dakota County have not experienced significant shortages, but residents should contact their vendor when the tank is down to 30-35 percent. Follow these tips during the propane shortage:
• Conserve energy as much as possible. Turn thermostats down and be aware of propane use.
• Reach out to family and friends for assistance and check on neighbors.
• Check with your local emergency management agency to find community resources. See a list of managers.
• Call 911 only in a crisis
• If you need heating assistance, call the Commerce Department for more information about the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program, at 1-800-657-3710
, or go online to the Energy Assistance section.
Or, call the hotline at 651-297-1304.
The County's role in emergency preparedness
Planning for every type of emergency is almost impossible, but having a general plan in place and preparing your family in advance can save you valuable time and possibly your life.
The most common weather-related disasters that occur in Dakota County are thunderstorms, floods, tornadoes and blizzards. Other possible emergencies include widespread power outages, contagious disease, chemical spills and terrorism. Most of these emergencies are best handled by planning ahead. The County assists with handling emergencies by:
- Partnering with local communities to provide the Dakota Communications Center which distributes information through the Emergency Alert Program notification system and provides 911 assistance.
- Operating immunization clinics or distributing immunizations for contagious or widespread disease during the emergency.
- Providing information and resources to families to help them plan ahead.
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office provides law enforcement services to the townships within the County during an emergency. The County does not provide local police, fire, medical or utility services during an emergency.