Wadena County
415 Jefferson St So
Wadena, MN  56482

Emergency Management/Homeland Security
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The role of Emergency Management is to maximize the protection and promotion of Public Safety, Health and Welfare during large scale emergencies. They plan for the coordinated response of county forces to any disaster situation.

There are four principals of Emergency Management. These are:

  • Mitigation: What activities can help avoid a disaster or minimize it's impact? Examples include building dikes, adopting wind resistant construction methods, and building new warning systems.
  • Preparedness: What activities can enhance the abilities of individuals, communities, and businesses to respond to a disaster? Examples include creating disaster plans, (for the home, workplace, and community) and conducting disaster drills.
  • Response: What actions can be taken during and immediately after a disaster to prevent loss of life and property?
  • Recovery: What efforts can help to return the community back to normal following a disaster? Recovery efforts can include debris removal, rebuilding roads, returning people to their homes, etc.

Some of the tasks:

  • Develops, maintains, and tests the County Emergency Operations Plans
  • Maintains liaison with county and state regional offices
  • Develops and establishes the County's emergency warning system
  • Organizes and instructs Sky warn Spotters
  • Prepares informational material for dissemination to the public

Click here for a fillable form to be noitified of Critical Alerts in Wadena Co.



Luke Manderschied
Emergency Management Director
Telephone:  218-631-7795
Fax: 218-631-7763

Disasters and Emergencies


Ready Minnesota
Minnesota Homeland Security
and Emergency Management
Federal Emergency
Management Agency
U.S. Department of
Homeland Security

Department of Health

National Weather Service