Severe Weather Awareness Week April 13 - 17, 2020.
Cities in Dakota County utilize outdoor warning sires for the following purposes:
- Testing – 1st Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.
- Tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings with sustained winds of 70 mph or greater
- Major hazardous material spill
- Nuclear power plant incident
When residents hear the sirens, they are urged to seek shelter and turn on a radio or TV for emergency information. When the sirens are sounding for severe weather, the radio or TV announcements will provide you with information regarding the type of storm and appropriate safety actions. The warning sirens located in Hastings are activated through the Dakota Communications Center (DCC).
Warning sirens do not sound for the duration of the threat, sirens will sound for 3 minutes. Sirens can be reactivated if a new threat enters the area following the initial warning. The outdoor warning sirens are never used to announce an "all clear." This announcement is made only over radio or TV.
The outdoor warning sirens are designed to warn people outdoors to seek shelter and gather additional information through television or radio. The city encourages all residents to use NOAA weather radios for receiving warnings in their homes. Weather radios with Specific Alert Message Encoding (SAME) can be programmed to only activate for warnings in Dakota County. The Dakota County SAME code is 027037. Weather radios are the best warning method for storms occurring late at night when most people are in their homes sleeping. NOAA weather radios can be purchased at most electronics stores. For additional information on weather radios go to: https://www.weather.gov/nwr/
On March 27, 2020, the Dakota County Chiefs of Police and Sheriff Tim Leslie came together in support of Governor Walz's decision to shelter in place, which became effective at midnight March 27th.
For this to be effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19, we ask for the community's cooperation by following the shelter in place guidelines. For more information regarding these guidelines, please review the information provided on mn.gov/covid19
Our goal as law enforcement is to work together with our communities by educating citizens first and only take enforcement actions if there is a need to do so.
We are here and will continue to serve our communities through these unprecedented times.
Stay Home. Stop the Spread. Save Lives.
Residents of Dakota County are encouraged to use 9-1-1 for any situation which requires the response of police, fire or emergency medical personnel. This includes non-emergency situations such as reporting a crime, a traffic situation or suspicious activity. The dispatcher will ask questions to help assure the proper level of response and assure that emergencies receive the highest priority. 9-1-1 should not be used for information-only purposes.
Examples of Proper 9-1-1 Usage:
- Reporting any situation that requires a police officer at the scene (e.g. assaults, traffic accident, burglary report, damage to property, parking complaint, other ordinance violations, etc.)
- Summoning an ambulance for medical assistance.
- Reporting fire, smoke or fire alarm.
- Reporting a crime in progress.
- Reporting suspicious or criminal activity. (shouts for help, glass breaking, vehicle or person that does not appear to belong in neighborhood).
If calling outside of Dakota County for assistance needed within Dakota County, please call 24 Hour Dispatch at (651) or (952) 322-2323
More information regarding the use of 911 can be found on the Dakota Communications Center (DCC) website.