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Funding for Sirens

by Dawn Hegland on January 27th, 2012

Recently the UMVRDC assisted each of our counties with their FEMA-approved All-Hazard Mitigation Plan Updates. Within those plans, some cities identified an emergency siren as a community need. To help those cities accomplish their hazard mitigation goals we’ve provided some information on siren funding options.

The Minnesota Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM) and USDA Rural Development are two potential funding options for sirens. All funding is limited and very competitive.

Option 1: USDA Funding

Funding is often times provided in loan / grant combinations; however, smaller cities may be eligible for up to 75% grant funding (restrictions apply).  Our local USDA Community Programs Specialist is Kevin Friesen. He is available to discuss your community’s application and can let you know what type of funding (grant/loan) might be available for your community. Kevin Friesen can be contacted at: 320-235-5612 ext. 128 or

Click here for USDA Application


Option 2: HSEM Funding

HSEM has indicated that sirens are eligible for funding if a community can provide the required 25% local cash match. An interested community must fill out a Notice of Interest (NOI) form and return it to HSEM Staff James Russell at: 651-201-7423 or

Click here for HSEM Notice of Interest


For more info, contact Jacki Anderson at 320-289-1981 ext. 2 or

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