Above and beyond. MPCA recognizes the city of Minneapolis' integrated emergency response preparedness.
You never know when an environmental emergency may strike, but the best way to survive one is to be prepared. That’s just what the city of Minneapolis and its Hazardous Materials Manager Steve Kennedy, has been doing for the past several years; coordinating, collaborating, and improving Minnesota’s largest city to be prepared.
Ever since the I-35 bridge collapse in 2007, Minneapolis has developed and implemented emergency response policies and procedures to better prepare for handling emergencies as they happen. Minneapolis has many departments and many geographic districts throughout the city. Kennedy’s work has brought those departments and districts together, creating a more collaborative approach to more efficiently respond to the many issues that can arise during any given emergency.
One of these preparedness efforts was the building of an emergency boat launch on the Mississippi River to provide emergency responders instant access to the river and speed up response time. Kennedy also continues to plan and conduct training, including emergency response exercises aimed at preparing city staff in real life situations. The most recent exercise was earlier this summer and included the following Minneapolis Departments: Public Works, Bridge, Fire, and Regulatory Services. This exercise simulated a large diesel fuel spill into the storm sewer system that discharged into the river.
Learn more about Minneapolis’ environmental services and spill response on the city website, www.minneapolismn.gov.
For enhancing citizen health and safety by creating a collaboration among city departments, the MPCA thanks the city of Minneapolis, and Steve Kennedy, for an integrated emergency response preparedness program.