Minnesota outlines preparedness measures created in response to Sept. 11 attacks

Courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the state of Minnesota has incorporated improved safety methods to prepare for and respond to unexpected disaster, largely through the state's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEM).

As part of the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment program, HSEM requires communities to submit assessments by the end of each year to keep track of activity in the area that could be threatening.

The division also offers millions of dollars each year in grants for communities to stay equipped. The grants fund the State Homeland Security Program, which implements security goals through planning, equipment and training exercises. Another grant program, the Urban Areas Security Initiative, helps metro areas develop systems for prevention, protection, response and recovery.

Public safety officials operate under unified command procedures. By staying familiar with each other, officials from public safety organizations are able to provide faster, more effective responses. Newly implemented 800 Mhz radios allow emergency responders such as local law enforcement, state patrols, fire departments and 911 dispatchers to communicate instantly on the same wavelength.

Citizens are still an important preparedness asset. Groups like Community Emergency Response Teams and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster allow citizens to get involved to keep their local communities safe.

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