When you least expect it…expect it! That’s a different way to say, “Hey, be ready for an emergency!” No matter how you say it, if you ignore the message you’ll be in trouble…when you least expect it. Marty Glynn, of Shakopee, has spent much of his career helping communities throughout Minnesota be as prepared as possible for the hopefully rare, but unavoidable emergency.
Marty’s career titles include City of Shakopee Public Works and Water Department Director, and Assistant Shakopee Fire Chief. More than a decade ago, he played an instrumental role in creating MnWARN, and serves as a Vice Chairman and Region 6 Director. MnWARN is the Minnesota Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network, a collaborative partnership that serves to promote and support a statewide response to utility emergencies and disasters through mutual assistance for water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities in Minnesota.
In 2007, Marty was asked to join the MnWARN Development Committee. That involved monthly meetings over three years to develop and adopt the WARN agreement and to gain FEMA Approval. Marty was one of three Development Committee members, along with staff from the Minnesota Rural Water Association who worked after adoption of the WARN agreement, to develop, implement, and train both MnWARN leadership and members on WARN incident activation and response.
During 2010, the first year that MnWARN was in service, there were more than 80 communities involved, either requesting assistance or providing assistance. Marty, with some support from the EPA Region 5 director and the MPCA Emergency Management Unit, coordinated that entire effort. MnWARN became a national example in the WARN community within the first two years of existence. “His dedication to his community, cooperation with the MPCA, and inspiring work to create MnWARN has made Marty a pioneer for emergency preparedness throughout Minnesota,” said MPCA Emergency Responder Craig Schafer.
For going above and beyond to help prepare and protect Minnesota communities, the MPCA thanks Marty Glynn for his passion, foresight, and dedication to emergency preparedness.