County board actions: disaster mitigation plan, new structure for child protection cases

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

County board actions

The board adopted a plan to mitigate disasters, approved a new structure to meet demand of child protection court cases and approved a contract to expand early learning spaces in libraries.

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County updates hazard mitigation plan

The board adopted an updated plan to mitigate potential disasters, from severe weather and fires to acts of terrorism and infectious disease outbreaks. 

This plan includes a completely revised assessment of all hazards facing the county and strategies to reduce potential impacts. 

Hennepin County's primary goal for this planning process is to save lives. These efforts also have financial benefits: for every federal dollar spent on pre-disaster mitigation, six dollars are saved in response and recovery.

State and local governments must update plans every five years to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation grant funding. Hennepin County coordinated with neighboring governments and businesses to create the plan.

Learn more about this action.

Learn more about Hennepin County Emergency Management.

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New structure will meet demand of child protection court cases

The board approved an action to create a public safety division dedicated to representing parents in child protection cases. During the last three years in Hennepin County, court filings to terminate parental rights have increased by nearly 100 percent. The county will recruit and retain experienced attorneys to meet this demand, meaning cases will be resolved in a more timely manner.

Read more about this action.

County to expand early learning spaces in libraries

The board approved a $750,000 contract to create or revise spaces in up to 10 Hennepin County libraries that support kindergarten readiness and school success. The exhibits will engage children and parents in hands-on activities that encourage reading and learning.

Learn more about Hennepin County Library early learning programs.

Board gets update on ketamine use

Hennepin Healthcare System gave an update to the board on use of the sedative ketamine.

View a video of today’s board meeting (footage available late this afternoon).

Funding will help county share and manage data

The board accepted a $300,000 grant from the McKnight Foundation to develop methods for sharing and managing predictive analytics across departments. Predictive analytics involves gathering information to determine what trends or issues the county might face in the future. Hennepin County will work with the University of Minnesota to create data systems that county leadership across departments will use to make policy decisions.

Read more about this action.

Grant will help connect people with disabilities to housing

The board accepted $212,842 of state funding to expand community-based housing programs that serve people with disabilities. This grant will also fund a housing resource specialist who will help staff navigate clients to the appropriate services.

Learn more about this funding award.

Schools receive recycling grants

Hennepin County recently awarded eight grants totaling $150,300 to schools and school districts to reduce waste and improve recycling and organics recycling programs. 

The schools and districts receiving grants are: 

  • Calvin Christian School in Edina
  • Hopkins Public Schools
  • Minneapolis Public Schools (11 schools)
  • Minnetonka Public Schools (Minnetonka Middle School East)
  • Nativity of Mary Catholic School in Bloomington
  • Noble Academy in Brooklyn Park and Nompeng Academy in Brooklyn Center
  • Osseo Area Schools (Fair Oaks Elementary) 
  • Prairie Seeds Academy in Brooklyn Park

    Read more about these grant awards.

    Read more about school recycling in Hennepin County.

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