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The Emergency Management Office is in charge of developing emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery plans for Lac qui Parle County and keeping them current/updated along with the FEMA required Hazard Mitigation Plan and the County's Emergency Operations Plan. Emergency Management assists local Police, Fire, EMS, and Sheriff's departments in writing grants for emergency related equipment, training, and exercising. The department is in charge of coordinating disaster relief and assistance through the state HSEM and FEMA and coordinating resources and supplies as county departments request them when an incident does happen.

The Emergency Manager is in charge of the Lac qui Parle Emergency Operations Center during a disaster and helps to coordinate resources, personnel, and public information in support of on-scene incident command.

The EM Office is located in the Emergency Operations Center (Multimedia room)  in the County Annex Building in Madison, MN.

Services and Responsibilities: 

  1. Updating and keeping current the local Emergency Operations Plan and revising according the the Minnesota MnWalk Guidelines released by HSEM annually.
  2. Damage assessments and emergency declarations after incidents. 
  3. Local liaison for the Department of Public Safety and the US Department of Homeland Security. 
  4. Chairs the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) which meets on a quarterly basis with local emergency stakeholders. 
  5. Maintaining a FEMA approved Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and enhancing community mitigation activities.
  6. Providing training and developing exercises for County Emergency Responders
  7. Researching and writing grants related to emergency equipment
  8. Public Outreach (recent emergencies/disasters, preparedness strategies, etc)
  9. Weather Information
  10. Addressing FEMA's 32 Core Capabilities through Planning, Organization, Equipment, Training, and Exercising


Lac qui Parle County Emergency Management (EM) was founded on April 3rd, 2001 via County Emergency Management Ordinance #2001-1, five months before the terrorist attacks of 9-11-2001. Emergency Management was originally located within Sheriff's Office until 2017 when it was moved to a stand-alone department.

Previous Emergency Management Directors: 
2001-2008: Greylen Carlson (Sheriff)
2008-2011: Dallas Schellberg (Sheriff)
2011-2012: Rick Halvorson (Sheriff)
2012-2017: John Maatz
2017-Present: Blain Johnson (Paramount Planning)


  • Weather-Related Announcements:
    For up to date Weather-Related Announcements, please visit: www.klqpfm.com/weather-announcements 

  • Fire Preparedness for those with Disabilities: 
    One in every five adults living in the United States has reported a disability. Since people with disabilities face greater health risks and physical barriers, it is important to understand the different disability types and to have a plan in place in case of an emergency. This guide explains fire safety for the mobility, visually, and cognitively impaired while also providing recommendations for keeping children with disabilities and service animals safe.


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Blain Johnson
Emergency Management Director
Emergency Operations Center
422 5th Avenue
Madison, MN 56256
Phone: 320-598-7171
Email: blain.johnson@lqpco.com