Emergency Preparedness Committee
The Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) is Minnesota’s principal organization for promoting,
coordinating, and standardizing GIS use across all levels of the state's
Emergency Management community. EPC membership is open to all individuals
with an interest in using GIS for emergency preparedness and response.
Steve Swazee (chair),
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired), 612-239-6981 (direct); 651-285-5015 (main); 888-877-7GEO (436)
Randy Knippel (vice-chair), 952-891-7080,
The EPC is ALWAYS seeking GIS and EM professionals, as well as concerned
citizens, who understand the revolutionary impact GIS can have on saving lives
and reducing suffering during a disaster. You can contribute as little or as
much time as you would like to this effort! There are three basic levels of
- Receiving informational emails from the EPC
- Participating in EPC meetings and sponsored training
- Serving on an EPC Work Group
Get started by creating a user account on this system in three easy steps.
Once you have a user account, you will be linked to a form that allows you to
set your level of involvement with the Emergency Preparedness Committee. If you
change your mind, you can modify or delete your account at any time.
2017 Work Plan and
The EPC is led by a chair.
The chair is
assisted with leadership activities by two co-chairs from each of the EPC's five work groups. A steering committee
comprised of the EPC chair, work group co-chairs and, if not already
included, a representative from MnGeo, U.S.
Geological Survey, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota National Guard,
Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other government agencies as may
be appropriate from time to time, manage overall EPC direction and work plan
management. Work group co-chairs are responsible for work plan accomplishment in their
respective areas. Correspondingly, there are five work plan areas:
Outreach: Promotes awareness of EPC efforts, arranges a quarterly EPC
meeting featuring topics appropriate for both the Emergency Management (EM)
and GIS communities, and works with local EM entities to develop GIS
support for their response plans.
Education: Develops training standards and programs for the
Minnesota GIS and EM communities that will promote productive
interaction, provides training to those communities, and facilitates
state and national training opportunities.
Data: Works to
ensure accuracy and appropriateness of Minnesota GIS data needed for EM
planning on the local, state and federal levels.
- Go Team: Working hand-in-hand with EM agencies, develops
suggested GIS standards and enterprise solutions that will facilitate
Emergency Operations Center situational awareness and interoperability,
stands ready during disasters to augment the GIS capabilities of various
city, county and state response organizations, and develops and updates
the vision for the Minnesota Common Operating Picture (COP).
- NG911: Focusing on developmental issues related to deployment
of Next Generation 9-1-1 systems in Minnesota, works to provide GIS
training, documentation, guidance and data standardization in support of
the state’s 9-1-1 community.
Upcoming EPC quarterly meetings and sponsored events: The EPC normally
meets: 2:00-4:30 p.m., second Thursday, of the last month of each
quarter. From time to time, the EPC also arranges training events
designed to bring together the EM and GIS communities.
Committee activity reports and meeting
These reports and minutes cover committee activities from 2006 - May
2009 and 2012.
Publications, links, downloads and forms
Publications: Articles and lectures
that discuss the use of GIS for emergency management
Links: Software, training opportunities,
agencies, and other links related to EM and GIS
Downloads: U.S. National Grid and other
Forms: Instructions and forms to
join an EPC Work Group.
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