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Burnsville Police Department
Preparing for the Severe Weather Season

TornadoSpring is the perfect time for individuals, families, schools, and local businesses to create/update emergency plans, discuss how they can prepare for the upcoming severe weather season and practice an emergency exercise or drill.

Burnsville utilizes Dakota County’s Outdoor Warning System to alert people who are outdoors of severe weather. The County’s current practice is to activate sirens for all tornado warnings, but they will only sound sirens for severe thunderstorm warnings when winds are forecasted to reach a sustained speed of 70 mph or greater. Sirens can also be used in the event of a hazardous materials incident.

How to Prepare for Severe Weather

  • Make a kit.
    You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days.
  • Make a plan.
    Sit down as a family and decide where you will go and how you will communicate. There will be different responses to different weather events, so prepare for them all.
  • Be informed.
    Answer the question, "What types of emergencies can happen in your community?" and use that to prepare.
  • Get involved.
    Learn about your community's emergency plans and how you can help in the event of a disaster. Burnsville residents have the opportunity to become involved in City programs, such as the Mobile Volunteer Network (MVN) and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

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Learn more about Minnesota’s Severe Weather Awareness Week at

We are the Burnsville Police Department
The Burnsville Police Department is proud to work under its "Core Values" of Knowledge, Integrity, Honor, Courage and Excellence. 

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Make an online service request
Residents can submit a NON-EMERGENCY request for service online using the link above (e.g., report potholes, neighborhood concerns, property maintenance issues, etc.) Online requests are monitored Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Emergency Notifications
Sign up for text, email and other alerts about emergencies and important community news through the Dakota Communications Center's Emergency Alert Program. 
Dakota Communications Center Emergency Alerts

Chief Gieseke

Eric Gieseke
Chief of Police

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It's Not Just for Emergencies!
For Any Police-Fire-Medical
Response in Dakota County:
Dial 9-1-1

Outside of Dakota County:
Dial 952-322-2323

Police Administration:
[Staff Directory]
100 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337
952-895-4640 - Fax

Dispatch/Lobby Hours:
Dispatch can be reached from the Police Lobby 24-Hours-a-Day / 7 Days-a-Week

Lobby Staffed
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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