2500 28th Street - PO Box 57 - Slayton, MN 56172

Hazard Mitigation

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
American Red Cross SW Minnesota
MN Critical Infrastructure
National Weather Service
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Hazard mitigation is action meant to reduce or cut long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. Natural hazards include:

  • Floods
  • Storms
  • High winds
  • Wildfires
  • Earthquakes

Community mitigation efforts help to cut damages to buildings and infrastructure., including:

  • Water supplies
  • Sewers
  • Utility transmission lines
  • Natural, cultural and historic resources

Murray County All-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act requires our county to update the hazard mitigation plan every five years. This keeps us eligible for pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation grant programs. Community involvement and feedback are vital to the success of the plan.

Murray County All-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan

Outdoor warning sirens
The county activates sirens at the recommendation of the National Weather Service. Such as when there is a tornado warning or reports of sustained straight-line winds of more than 80 mph, or baseball sized hail.

When the sirens sound:

  • Seek shelter in a building away from windows or lie in a low area away from cars. Cover your head with your arms. Don't go under an overpass.
  • Tune to local weather information on radio, television or online.
  • Continue to shelter until the news on the radio, television or online say the threat has passed.

We don't issue an “all-clear” tone from the outdoor sirens. 

Sirens are activated for awareness and testing at 1 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday of each month and every April for Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week and the statewide tornado drill day.

Transmission pipelines carry large volumes of crude oil or petroleum. They can also carry product at the bulk supply level.

Murray County has miles of gas transmission pipelines as well as miles of liquid transmission pipelines. There are also hundreds of miles of service and gas distribution main lines. These lines bring gas to homes and businesses. 

Murray County is at a Medium risk of significant aviation incidents. This is due to the number of plane operations. Another factor is the higher risk flight modes of approach and departure in the vicinity of the airport

Slayton Municipal Airport-DVP

Energy hazards
Security threats are incidents or actions that threaten public safety and security. They are adversarial or have a criminal element. Specific attack methods include:

  • Sabotage and cyber attacks
  • The use of firearms and explosives
  • Unconventional attacks using chemical, biological, radiological and even nuclear weapons

Minnesota has had past incidents that were tied to both international and domestic terrorism organizations or provided support to the aims of these groups.

Landslides include any downslope fall or slide of rocks or soils. Heavy rains or the removal of plant cover can trigger landslides. Murray County is vulnerable to mudslides/landslides near the Lake Shetek area including the State Park.  Heavy rains will also cause band erosion near streams and rivers throughout the County.

Sinkholes form when acidic water moves downward from the surface. Or in land underlaid by carbonate rock that is dissolving as ground water moves through it. Cavities develop in the rock and expand through this process. When the cavity is close to the surface, a collapse may occur. 

Contamination of groundwater may also happen from sinkholes. The toxic compounds on the surface reach bedrock through the same water routes.

Areas where depth to bedrock is 50 feet or less are at the highest risk. There are some sinkhole conditions in Murray County.

An earthquake is the sudden release of energy from the Earth’s crust. That release results in seismic waves that can be destructive. Most earthquakes happen in active regions of the Earth where huge plates contact each other. 

Murray County has a much lower risk of earthquakes than most of the rest of the United States. The last recorded earthquake in the area was July 11th, 1982 in Egan South Dakota measuring 3.6 on the Richter Scale.