Emergency Management (EM) is based on the concept of local disaster management supported by higher levels of Government to include County, State and Federal assistance when needed.

EM recognizes that disasters are cyclic through phases. Those phases include preparing for disasters through training, exercises, planning, and public education to name a few preparedness activities. If disaster occurs, responding to the event and managing the immediate effects on the community. After the emergency phase has passed, often even during, recovery begins, the task of returning a community to the pre-disaster state that may take years. Reducing or eliminating impacts of hazards is a constant goal of EM though mitigation programs. A new phase of prevention and/or protection has taken a more prominent role in the U.S. after September 11, 2001. From terrorism to disease outbreaks, prevention can involve intelligence, surveillance and detection, and even vaccinations.

The job of Emergency Management is to improve the outcome of a disaster. These outcomes can be measured in lives saved, fewer injuries, reduced damages, decreased disruptions, shorter recovery time, to name a few. If we do not improve the outcome of a disaster, then we have failed.

2020 Flooding Flyer


The first case of COVID-19 has been identified in Stearns County and the individual is in isolation at home and doing well. Please click on the link to the Stearns County Emergency Management website to learn more about COVID-19, and what to do to lessen the odds that you contract this illness.



One of the top priorities out of the Stearns County Emergency Operations Center is providing information about the current situation for COVID-19 and sharing guidance documents to provide assistance in making the important decisions to keep ourselves, our workers and communities safe. Attached you will find two links; the first is the Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission from the CDC and the second, Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota, from the Minnesota Department of Health.  These documents were developed to provide community mitigation strategies. 

 CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf

 MDH: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.pdf

 Guidance for the following are included in the documents:

Individuals and Families

Schools and Childcare

Assisted Living Facilities, Senior Living Facilities and Adult Day Programs


Community and Faith Based Organizations

Healthcare Settings and Healthcare Providers


We highly recommend taking the time to review these documents to make informed decisions for your community. We are currently recommending planning at the minimal to moderate level.  Updates will be provided as information becomes available.


Additional resources can be found on the Stearns County website www.co.stearns.mn.us

Lastly, we have established a hotline and email address for you to reach staff in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  EOC hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:30pm.
320-650-6625 or 1-877-782-5683

Citizen Alert Notification

If you live in the Sartell and would like to sign up to receive notices about severe weather, flooding and public health emergencies, visit the Stearns County Emergency Services website. 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.


501 Pinecone Rd S
Sartell, MN 56377

Phone: (320) 251-8186
E-mail: publicsafety@sartellmn.com

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Jim Hughes

Police Chief / Emergency Management Director

(320) 251-8186
Email Jim