The focus of this section of the website is for community planners. City staff make up the bulk of community planners, and help coordinate disasters at the Emergency Operations Center. There are many partners in emergency management, and these partnerships include Rochester hospitals, Olmsted County agencies (such as Public Health and Community Services), voluntary agencies, businesses, and non-profit groups. While most of this website is for public education and information, the Community Preparedness section is published to help community partners keep abreast of planning, training, and disaster exercises in the City of Rochester.
Service Area - City of Rochester Emergency Management
City of Rochester Emergency Management service area - defined by the Emergency Management Act - is the city limits of Rochester. In addition to the city, Rochester Fire, Police, Public Utilities, and Public Works Departments provide assistance to SE Minnesota as requested, such as the Police Emergency Response Unit, and Fire Department Chemical Assessment Team, and Structural Collapse Team.
Outside the City of Rochester, emergency coordination is provided by Olmsted County Office of Emergency Management. The City has an agreement with Olmsted County HSEM to trigger the sirens during a tornado warning. By state statute, City emergency management will handle disasters in the city, and County emergency management will handle emergencies in Byron, Stewartville, Oronoco, Eyota, Dover, and areas of the Olmsted County outside the City of Rochester.