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Governor Dayton declares avian flu state of emergency in Minnesota

Staff writer ▼ | April 24, 2015
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued Emergency Executive Order 15-09, declaring a Peacetime State of Emergency in Minnesota in response to the discovery of H5N2 avian influenza cases statewide.
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Just a few days ago a second outbreak of avian influenza has been discovered in Iowa, this time at a commercial chicken laying facility in Osceola County in northwest Iowa and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency to address the virus.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) in Minnesota will activate the Minnesota Emergency Operations Plan to support the efforts of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, to coordinate response efforts across all agencies of state government.

This is order is supplementing Emergency Executive Order 15-06 extending relief to certain motor vehicle drivers and carries pertaining to hours of service, in addition to the previous exemption of weight restriction.

And the Adjutant General of Minnesota will order to state active duty such personnel and equipment of the military forces of the State as required, and for such a period of time as necessary to provide assistance and emergency relief services.