Itasca County Sheriff’s Office
440 1st Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone (218) 326-3477
Fax (218) 326-4663
Contact: Sheriff Vic Williams
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2014
Update 2 Propane Shortage
State Establishes Public Hotline
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The State Emergency Operations Center has established a public hotline for Minnesotans with propane issues or questions. The Hotline will operate Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota residents with questions about the current propane situation or who are in danger of running out of heating fuel can call 651-297-1304 in the metro area or 1-800-657-3504 in greater Minnesota.
The hotline is staffed with experts from the Minnesota Department of Commerce who can provide information about Energy Assistance Programs, connect callers with resources in their home county, and provide other information.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) continues to be partially activated so that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (HSEM) can coordinate efforts of state agencies. HSEM is in contact with state, local and voluntary partners to coordinate any potential resource requests. There have been no such requests at this time.
Governor Dayton declared a State of Peacetime Emergency in Minnesota on Monday in response to the persistent cold weather and the increased risk that households may run out of heating fuel, a situation that would pose an immediate threat to public safety.
What consumers and Minnesota residents can do
Use Alternative Heat Sources Safely
Other tips when using alternative heat sources: