St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Governor Mark Dayton and the Executive Council have extended Minnesota's peacetime state of emergency in response to the propane shortage.
The Governor first declared the state of emergency on Monday because of the widespread crisis, forcing prices to skyrocket.
The extended declaration provides warming shelters should the cold weather continue and the propane supply problem isn't alleviated
It also authorizes unlimited purchasing power to the Minnesota National Guard in the time of need.
$15.8 million in federal dollars will also be available through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
A propane hotline established to help Minnesotans has received 550 calls in the first two days.
The increased demand led state officials to open the hotline this weekend. It will operate Saturday and Sunday 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.