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.