The City of Winona contracts with Winona County for Emergency Management services. The Winona Fire Chief acts as the liaison to the Emergency Management Director for planning, budgeting and during actual emergencies within the city.
The Emergency Management Director works as the liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) to help secure federal funds following natural disasters such as floods and severe weather. This position coordinates efforts of multi-agency responses to large scale incidents and chairs the monthly meetings of the Winona County Emergency Coordinating Council.
Current projects that the Emergency Management Director is involved in include:
Create and coordinate a Winona County Fire Chiefs’ Association
Monitoring of hazardous material incidents in the county
A new outdoor early warning siren system was installed in the City in 2000/01
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Transmitter
Works with local volunteer amateur radio groups to ensure there is a back-up communication system in the event of a failure of the primary system.