The Fire and Police Departments are committed to relaying important emergency information to the public. The City has 11 outdoor warning sirens to alert residents in the event of emergency or severe weather.
The City of Eden Prairie maintains an Emergency Operations Plan which uses an all-hazard approach to emergency planning. The plan lays out specific staff responsibilities, resources and operating procedures for responding to all certain types of emergencies. Throughout the years, the plan has been used in response to natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods and ice storms. The plan has been applied in man-made disasters such as hazardous materials spills and transportation accidents.
During times of threatened national defense, the plan again helps guide the proper response. After the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, the plan was used to create a proactive strategy to identify and protect vulnerable populations and facilities in Eden Prairie.
The Eden Prairie Fire and Police Departments also support several emergency preparedness programs, including the CodeRED Emergency Notification System and Community Emergency Response Team, intended to notify and assist the community. The HeartSafe Eden Prairie program encourages local businesses to be prepared for medical emergencies.
In addition, Eden Prairie joins the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in recommending that all residents Be Ready by taking the following three steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency:
- Put together an emergency supply kit
This kit should include the basics such as water, non-perishable food, battery powers lights and radios with extra batteries and a first aid kit. Be sure to also consider items to accommodate family members’ special needs such as prescription medications, infant formula, pet food, important family documents, etc.
- Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency
Sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency: Determine a neighborhood meeting place, identify an out-of-town emergency contact, inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: employers, daycare providers, schools, etc.
- Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together
In the event of an emergency, you will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance.
For more information, materials and tools to help prepare your family, home or business for all types of emergencies, visit ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY.