Governor’s Commendation to the Emergency Preparedness Committee
The Emergency Preparedness Committee, under the leadership of Stephen Swazee, was selected for a Governor’s Commendation Award for 2010. The awards recognize organizations that have “gone the extra mile” to deliver products and services resulting in a more responsive government, promoting public access to information and reflecting the benefits of working in a collaborative environment that encourages similar efforts in the future.
Under Steve Swazee’s leadership, the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) has become an effective advocate for promoting, coordinating, and standardizing GIS use for emergency preparedness and response statewide. An active EPC was especially effective in facilitating sharing of data, expertise and technology among responders during the 2009 Red River Valley floods and has continued to build on that experience. The EPC also has developed new training programs for using GIS for emergency management and continues to shape GIS for emergency management within the state. It has promoted GIS standards and guidelines such as the U.S. National Grid (USNG).
David Arbeit (right), MN CGIO, presents award to Steve Swazee, accepting on behalf of the EPC.