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.
2010 Governor's Commendation
award to the Emergency Preparedness Committee and Stephen Swazee
status report, Nov. 7, 2012 (p. 5-7)
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired), 612-239-6981 (direct); 651-285-5015 (main); 888-877-7GEO (436)
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.
EPC member login
Already have an account? Sign in here
to update your user account information or EPC Personal Information Form, delete your EPC account, or to sign up or drop attendance from an upcoming EPC meeting or training. To view a Power Point that will show the required steps to update your EPC user account personal contact information and sign up for a meeting or training event, click here
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. Events currently
scheduled are listed below:
- If you are interested in attending any of the EPC events listed above, please use either the Join Us! or EPC Member Login features to register (see top of this page for further explanation about these features).
- After signing on, each event listing above will include a "register" option. To view a Power Point that will show the
required steps to create an EPC user account and sign up for a meeting or training event, click here
- All meetings are open to the public, and visitors are always welcome. Note: If you have trouble with the online registration or with logging in to your account, please email Steve Swazee directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know which event you would like to register for and your contact information.
- Offsite participation: To ensure availability of committee
meetings and sponsored training in greater Minnesota, the EPC currently
uses the following technologies:
- Teleconferencing. EPC events are normally available via teleconference.
Use the procedures described at this link to participate by
- Videoconferencing. EPC events are normally available via
videoconference. Use the procedures described at this link to
participate by videoconference. Information about the facility you will
be using must be submitted using MN Videoconferencing Off-Net Facility
Profile form in either
- Webcasting. The EPC is experimenting with this technology. If an EPC
event is available via real-time webcast, this link will be active at
the meeting start time. Your computer must have "Real Player" to view
- Relevant training opportunities: Formal emergency management and GIS
training related to the EPC’s efforts can be obtained from:
HSEM. The Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management provides emergency management training throughout the year. Use the link to access a list of upcoming courses and associated dates. Most training is provided free of charge.
HAZUS. FEMA provides training for its primary GIS software, HAZUS-MH, at its Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. These courses are either available at no cost or at a minimal cost depending on organizational affiliation. Use the link to access a list of upcoming courses and associated dates. Scroll up from the course list to learn more about the courses.
opportunities. Additional formal and online offerings can be found
Committee activity reports and meeting
These reports and minutes cover committee activities from 2006 - May
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 and to apply for access to the
site used by EPC members to share
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