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For Emergencies, Hope Isn’t a Plan

Smoke from the Husky Oil Refinery explosion rises behind nearby homes.Hope is good, but it’s not a plan. The people of Superior didn’t know when they left for school and work the morning of April 26 that they would have to evacuate their homes before the end of the day because of the refinery fire.

But it’s safe to say that those who had emergency kits packed, a family emergency communications plan in place, and who knew where to take temporary shelter had an easier time of it.

Learn how to plan now so you and your family have a better chance of surviving and recovering from a disaster.

Troopers Honor Fallen Minnesota Law Enforcement Officers

Troopers honor fallen officers at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial With the laying of a wreath and standing in silent vigil, State Troopers joined law enforcement officers from across the state to honor the 280 Minnesota officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The vigil, part of Law Enforcement Memorial Day in Minnesota, took place from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial on the south end of the State Capitol grounds.

As Troopers stood guard Tuesday morning, Col. Matt Langer and Lt. Col. Shelly Schrofer laid a wreath for the eight Troopers who have died in the line of duty.

Fallen Troopers | Complete List of Fallen Minnesota Officers

​Sound the Alarm Can Save Your Life

State Fire Marshal Bruce West talks with homeowner Caroline about smoke alarm locations and possible escape routes What a difference an hour makes.

Caroline has lived in her house in St. Paul’s east side for over 30 years. But Caroline admits that never once, in all that time, did it occur to her to install smoke alarms. Not until the Red Cross hung a flyer on her door about their Sound the Alarm program, anyway.

But 60 minutes after the volunteers crossed her threshold, Caroline had five strategically placed smoke alarms, a fire escape plan, and much more knowledge than she had before about fire prevention.

Find out how you can do the same in our latest blog.

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