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Minnesota CAER’s 2019 Programs in Full Swing
Jalaa Miller, MN CAER Program Manager 

Minnesota Pipeline Community Awareness Emergency Response (MN CAER) staff have been meeting with first responders across the state since January at their Coordinated Response Exercise (CoRE) programs, and there are still plenty of meetings left to attend. These exercises enhance awareness and knowledge of pipeline safety and the capability to respond to a pipeline incident. Designed for both experienced and new first responders, these exercises provide an opportunity to enhance awareness and knowledge of pipeline safety.

CoRE’s primary objective is to bring first responders and pipeline operators together to pre-plan for pipeline emergency response.  Each meeting uses a short informational presentation and a local pipeline incident scenario in a table top exercise (TTX) format to exchange resources and capabilities of all included. Investing time in a CoRE training is the best way to learn pipeline response. CoRE has evolved every year through feedback received from first responders and pipeline operators. 

Additionally, several of these TTX exercises will closely follow the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). The HSEEP exercises will include an after-action report, and by attending, first-response agencies can complete a portion of their requirements to receive federal grant money. These funds allow communities to coordinate emergency preparedness systems and enhance safety measures. Last year, more than $350 million in federal grant money was available through Emergency Management Performance Grant programs, such as those designed with HSEEP protocols.

MN CAER meetings enable first responders to pre-plan, network, and coordinate with other local agencies, pipeline operators, and local gas distribution companies to protect life and property.

“We don’t want first responders trading business cards for the first time at an actual emergency,” said Minnesota State Fire Marshal Bruce West. “MN CAER meetings provide excellent training, but above that, they give first responders the opportunity to get to know each other, train with each other, and work with each other before an incident happens in their community.”

You can register for this year’s meetings online at http://mncaer.com/meeting_schedule or by phone at 866-577-1162. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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