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Emergency Preparedness


Working at the local, regional, and state level, Health & Human Services is developing a strong system for responding to a wide range of potential disasters, including bioterrorism, as well as natural events such as disease outbreaks, floods, and tornadoes. 

Health Alert Network (HAN)
This state-level system detects unusual disease patterns or health threats and sends out alerts to local public health agencies. Public Health sends the message on to health care providers, hospitals, clinics, and others in the network.

Emergency Medical Services
Public Health serves as a coordinating agency for First Response Teams and other medical providers. 

What is MN Responds?

Minnesota Responds is a partnership that integrates local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to assist our public health and healthcare systems during a disaster. Todd County is actively recruiting new volunteers to join MN Responds to assist in an emergency.

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Report Public Health Emergencies
A public health emergency is anything that causes, or could cause injuries or illness to a large number of people.

Please use the following guidelines to determine how to respond:

  • If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • To report a natural or manmade emergency that may have public
    health consequences for the community, call Todd County Dispatch at (320)732-2157 or Toll-Free: 1-800-794-5733 or call the Minnesota Department of Health Emergency Operations at (651) 201-5735.
  • For a poisoning emergency, call the Minnesota Poison Control System
    at 1-800-222-1222.

For Other Health Concerns, Please Use The Following Guidelines:

  • If you are ill, call your healthcare provider.
  • If you think you are ill from eating food in a public setting, call the Minnesota Foodborne Illness Hotline at (651) 201-5655 or (toll free) 1-800-FOOD-ILL.
  • If you have had physical contact with a bat, call your healthcare provider. If you find a bat in your home, capture it. Wait until regular business hours to call the Minnesota Department of Health at (651) 201-5414 for advice.
  • If you are a physician with an infectious disease issue, call the Minnesota Department of Health at (651) 201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414, anytime. After hours, you will be able to leave a message and the on-call staff will return your call.

If you have a non-emergency question about any type of a public health emergency or public health concern, call (320)732-4500 during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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