Minnesota media will take part in the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System on Wednesday.
Minnesotans need to be ready for an emergency, state officials say, in case they need to endure a disaster on their own.
Streams are rising across Minnesota, so Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday signed an executive order declaring flood emergencies in 46 counties and two American Indian tribes, which allows the state to provide local governments with a variety of help.
Opening the Minnesota Emergency Operations Center has become all too common as spring floods approach, but there is a major difference this year.
The state Emergency Operations Center opened today as flooding begins in southern Minnesota, with problems expected to move north in coming weeks.