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James E. McDermott

Emergency Management Director

531 Dewey Street, P.O. Box 129, Foley, MN 56329
Phone: (320) 968-8105 :: Fax: (320) 968-5320

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The Emergency Management Office is responsible for working towards hazard mitigation, preparing for, responding to and recovering from all disasters and emergencies in the county. This includes, but is not limited to, acts of nature such as flood, fire and severe weather, as well as industrial accidents and terrorism events. The Emergency Management Office maintains the Emergency Mobile Communications Trailers.

The Emergency Management Office works closely with state and federal agencies, such as the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They also work with neighboring jurisdictions and the cities and townships within the county.

Latest News

2015 Severe Weather Information Now Available

Emergency Notification System Available

The Emergency Mass Notification System calls you if there is an emergency in your area. We rely on the public records for phone numbers. If you have one of the following types of numbers you will not be called with emergency information:

  • unlisted number
  • unpublished number
  • cell phone number


However, you can use this site to register your land line or cell phones so you can receive emergency notifications and public announcements from your local County and City Government within Benton County.

Many areas of the county do not have outdoor warning sirens. This system will be used to notify those areas of severe weather. The Benton County Sheriff and City Police Departments will also use the system to alert neighborhoods of any crime alerts.

Email for more information.

Mitigation Plan added to Website

03/10/2010 - Benton County Emergency Management has now added a Mitigation Plan section to its website. View it here.