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.
- Committee Charter
- Governor's Commendation
award to the Emergency Preparedness Committee and Stephen Swazee
- Minnesota Structures Collaborative (FGDC 2008 CAP grant results)
- H1N1 Flu / Public Health: GIS and Related Info
- Spring Flooding: Maps and Geographic Data
- U.S. National Grid Resources
Steve Swazee (chair), Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired), 612-239-6981 (direct); 651-285-5015 (main); 888-877-7GEO (436) (toll-free); firstname.lastname@example.org
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 participation.
- 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.
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.
These reports and minutes cover committee activities from 2006 - May 2009 and 2012.
- 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 GIS resources
Forms: Instructions and forms to
join an EPC Work Group.
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