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Contact Information

201 4th Street SE
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2800
Fax: 507-328-2829

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Department Contacts

Emergency Management - EOC

About Emergency Management

What is the purpose of emergency management?  Disasters are when emergencies affect everyone at the same time.  The City of Rochester has police, fire, and others to handle emergencies.  Disasters spread help very thin.  Emergency management is the art of getting help to those who need it most.  The City of Rochester Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will open to manage disasters.

Who is in charge – City or County emergency management? When disaster strikes, most people just want help.  In the City of Rochester, help comes from firefighters, police officers, Public Works, RPU, Parks, EMS, and whoever is needed.  The police or fire commander will be in charge of the emergency.  Call 911 for emergency help.

What can you expect?  First, make sure you are prepared.  Help might be delayed.  Prepare a little each month.  To learn how, go to Do1Thing.com

Our Mission

City of Rochester Emergency Management provides coordinated disaster response to meet the immediate health and safety needs of citizens and protect the public from harmful effects of hazards.  

Our Vision

We will create a comprehensive emergency management system to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and seek to prevent and/or minimize the untoward effects of disasters

Our Guiding Principles

All disasters are local and should be managed at the lowest jurisdictional level, and at the lowest level within the jurisdiction, in accordance with Minnesota State law and Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) policy

We will seek the involvement of all who are engaged in disaster management and develop effective partnerships so all can achieve our mission

We understand true disasters are few and far between and seek to hone disaster skills by frequent Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation to emergency responses - small and large

We will maintain awareness of hazards and seek to prevent and mitigate (minimize) effects of recognized hazards

We will leave room for emergence as new hazards may become evident and require an unanticipated response

We seek to develop a culture of preparedness for our responders, our citizens, and our community

We will build the capability to respond to any emergency, including the ability to warn the public of impending harm

We aim to match actions during emergency response to words used in emergency planning

We believe learning is a continuous process and seek continuous improvement through lessons learned and application of best practices

Our Service Area

City of Rochester city limits. We also provide assistance to SE Minnesota as requested, such as the Police Emergency Response Unit, and Fire Department Chemical Assessment Team, and Structural Collapse Team.