Winneshiek County Emergency Management

Emergency Management integrates with other agencies, local, state, and federal, to handle emergencies. This consists of seven separate functions: preparedness, response, mitigation, recovery, detection, protection, and prevention.


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Winneshiek County Emergency Management shared Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office's post.

On April 20, 2018 at 12:15pm the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Farmers Union Coop in Ossian advising of a fire at the old fertilizer plant still containing fertilizer across from DeSales School and Childcare Center. Fire crews from Ossian, Calmar, Castalia and Decorah were paged to the scene. Winneshiek County Emergency Management, Calmar Police and the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene. Due to the volatility of the situation and number of children in close proximity, we began the evacuation of students from DeSales School and Childcare Center. Fire crews were able to quickly contain and control the fire, making the scene safe. Since evacuation had already begun, as a precautionary measure, students were relocated to South Winn Elementary School. It was soon determined that no further evacuation of the surrounding neighborhood was needed. In less than one hour students were able to return to the school and childcare center.

We especially commend the fire crews for quick response which kept the community safe, and DeSales School and South Winn School for their commitment to the safety of our children. Great job to all involved!

Now this forecast appears better!!

Tired of the snow? We have good news for you! Temperatures will warm through the rest of the week with most areas topping 50 degrees for the weekend. While no additional precipitation is expected over the next several days, melting snow will cause some rises on area rivers and streams. Areas of fog will develop tonight into early Friday morning, with dense fog possible in some areas.

Winneshiek County Emergency Management shared a link.