Emergency Management

2014 SPRING FLOOD INFORMATION (updated 02/07/14)

The National Weather Service in Chanhassen/Twin Cities is providing a quick update about the hydrologic outlook for the next few months. After yesterday's snowfall, we've received a number of questions from concerned EM's about the state of the snowpack and associated flood potential in our area.  To be sure, there are lots of big piles of snow out there...but the good news is that they aren't overly full of water waiting to melt.  Our seasonal snowfall to date in the Twin Cities is just a few inches above average to this point in the season, despite the nearly 2 feet of snow that we've seen in January.  The water equivalent in that snow is not out of the ordinary...about 2-3 inches over most of central Minnesota, and 3-4 inches north of the Twin Cities and into Wisconsin. Some areas in southern Minnesota still have bare ground.

The key, of course, will be in how much more snowfall we receive in Feb/Mar, and how it melts as we warm up.  So far, the 30- and 90-day outlooks do not indicate any strong signals for above or below normal precipitation; and the temperature forecasts remain on the cool side.  (You can find the latest long range outlooks at the NWS Climate Prediction Center site: there often as we move into the spring to see the latest trends.)


The National Just In Time Disaster Training Video Library has over 20 easy to access videos focusing on how individuals and families can prepare for severe winter weather.   The subjects of these videos are:  

  • Winter Weather – Preparedness
  • Winter Weather – Home Preparedness
  • Building a Disaster Supplies Kit
  • Building a Winter Survival Kit for your Car
  • Creating a Family Disaster Plan
  • Downed Power Line Safety
  • Food Safety During Power Outages
  • Generator Usage / Safety
  • Ice Storm – Preparedness
  • Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  This FREE on-line library can be accessed at the following web site:



Citizen Alert Notification (this notification system is managed by Stearns County)

If you live in the Sartell and would like to sign up to receive notices about severe weather, flooding and public health emergencies, click on the below link. Once you are there, click the box that reads Citizen Alert Notification Sign Up. If you are having difficulty signing up through the link, you can call 320-259-3940 to sign up as well.