Once known as Civil Defense, Emergency Management planning became vital to the City of Red Wing in the early 1970’s when Northern States Power Company (XCEL Energy) constructed a nuclear power generating facility on Prairie Island within the city limits. National agencies overseeing nuclear energy issues fashioned requirements for contingency planning, reporting and response to incidents at nuclear power facilities. These requirements drove the need to develop an agency within city government to create and modify plans, communicate with agencies involved in responses to events, coordinate responses to emergencies and develop and participate in incident exercises and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) evaluated scenario responses.
All of this planning for nuclear emergencies has helped the City of Red Wing deal with other risk issues that could develop from hazardous materials transportation accidents, natural disasters or other incidents requiring an immediate and coordinated response.
For more information please contact:
Captain Tony Grosso
State Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM):