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12.09 DUTIES OF DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
    Subdivision 1. Coordination. The division shall coordinate state agency preparedness for
and emergency response to all types of natural and other emergencies and disasters, including
discharges of oil and hazardous substances.
    Subd. 2. State emergency plan. The division shall develop and maintain a comprehensive
state emergency operations plan and emergency management program in accord with section
12.21, subdivision 3, clause (2), and ensure that other state emergency plans that may be developed
are coordinated and consistent with the comprehensive state emergency operations plan.
    Subd. 3. State answering point system. The division shall establish and maintain a single
state answering point system for use by persons responsible for reporting emergency incidents
and conditions involving hazardous substances or oil, nuclear power plant incidents or accidents,
or other emergencies or disasters to state agencies, and for requesting state or federal assistance
during and following an emergency or disaster.
    Subd. 4. Activation of emergency operations centers. The division shall activate the
state and regional emergency operations centers when an emergency or disaster threatens or has
occurred.
    Subd. 5. Assistance to political subdivisions. The division shall provide guidance,
information, and training sufficient to allow local political subdivisions to request state and
federal disaster assistance.
    Subd. 6. Coordination of local programs. The division shall coordinate the development
and maintenance of emergency operations plans and emergency management programs by the
political subdivisions of this state, with the plans and programs integrated into and coordinated
with the emergency operations plan and emergency management program of this state to the
fullest possible extent.
    Subd. 7. Hazard mitigation plan. The division shall develop and maintain a comprehensive
hazard mitigation plan for this state, with the plan integrated into and coordinated with the hazard
mitigation plans of the federal government to the fullest possible extent. The division shall
coordinate the preparation of hazard mitigation plans by the political subdivisions, with the
plans integrated into and coordinated with the hazard mitigation plan of this state to the fullest
possible extent.
    Subd. 8. Exercise coordination. The division shall coordinate the development and conduct
of emergency preparedness drills and exercises involving multiple Minnesota state agencies.
    Subd. 9. Volunteer resources coordination. The division shall provide ongoing coordination
of a network of state, local, and federal government agencies and private organizations to ensure
the smooth coordination of donations and volunteerism during major disasters. Duties include:
(1) hotline management, including training, staffing, information distribution, and
coordination with emergency operations management;
(2) coordination between government and private relief agencies;
(3) networking with volunteer organizations;
(4) locating resources for anticipated disaster needs and making these resources available
to local governments in a database;
(5) training in disaster preparation;
(6) revising existing plans based on experience with disasters and testing the plans with
simulated disasters; and
(7) maintaining public information about disaster donations and volunteerism.
History: 1986 c 444; 1996 c 344 s 5; 1998 c 367 art 11 s 1