Office of Emergency Management & Public Information


Emergency Management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters and public safety issues. Through coordinated strategic communications programs, the Public Information Office informs and engages citizens and media in County operations.

Emergency Management & Public Information provides leadership and open responsive communications programs to promote informed, safer and prepared communities with the capacity to cope with hazards and disasters.

We Add Value By:
  • Developing and maintaining required plans
  • Providing central coordination of all County government, volunteer and business entities related to emergencies
  • Acting as a resource for information and grant funding
  • Providing central coordination for internal and external County communication and media relations programs
  • Administering the E-911 addressing system
  • Managing the Emergency Operations Center
  • Serves as the Public Information Officer for Cook County Sheriff’s Office and emergency services
  • Representing the County as liaison to other government agencies like MN Homeland Security & Emergency Management and FEMA

Four Phases of Emergency Management

  • What activities can help avoid a disaster or minimize its impact?
  • What activities can enhance the abilities of individual, communities, and businesses to respond to a disaster?
  • What actions can be taken during and immediately after a disaster to prevent loss of life and property?
  • What efforts can help to return the community back to normal following a disaster?

Contact Us

Valerie Marasco
Emergency Management Director

Law Enforcement Center
143 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Phone: 218.387.3059
Fax: 218.387.3043

Monday – Friday
8am – 4pm
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