Emergency Management

Emergency Management - Cottage Grove, MinnesotaAbout Us

The City's Emergency Management Division seeks to promote a safer, less vulnerable community with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters. The Department of Public Safety partners with neighboring jurisdictions and collaborates with county, state, and federal agencies to prepare for, protect against, respond to, mitigate the effects of, and recover from threatened or actual hazards and disasters. The City of Cottage Grove utilizes a comprehensive, flexible, all-hazards approach by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the emergency management capabilities for the city.


Any questions regarding emergency management can be directed to Deputy Director of Public Safety/Police Captain Gwen Martin at 651-458-6011, Deputy Director of Public Safety/Fire Chief Rick Redenius at 651-458-2855, or email Emergency Management. (Note: this email account is not monitored 24/7; it is checked during regular business hours. Please call 911 if you need immediate assistance.)

You can also find us on Twitter.

What You Can Do

We encourage residents to sign up for CodeRED™, the official emergency notification system for Washington County, to receive real-time, customized notifications via text, email, and/or voice message during emergencies (such as missing child alerts, severe weather, immediate safety concerns, evacuation notices, utility disruptions, and more). To learn more about CodeRED™ and to sign up, please visit our CodeRED™ page.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)

For the most current information on COVID-19, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.

The City of Cottage Grove is actively engaged in our nation's response to COVID-19 to ensure that we are prepared and able to protect the health and safety of our residents and those who work in or travel through Cottage Grove. The Emergency Management Division is working diligently with local, county, state, and federal agencies to maintain situational awareness and to slow the spread of COVID-19 so our healthcare system isn't overwhelmed.

Reopening Information

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