Above and beyond. MPCA recognizes Wakota CAER for supporting preparedness for public safety and environmental protection.
Author Stephen King once wrote, “there’s no harm in hoping for the best, as long as you’re prepared for the worst.” And many of us have heard the famous Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared.” Both of these quotes ring true for Wakota Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER), a nonprofit in Washington and Dakota counties dedicated to protecting communities and the environment through emergency preparedness.
Wakota CAER was formed in the mid-1990s, following the passage of a state statute that became known as the “Minnesota Spill Bill”. Members include representatives from chemical and oil industries, railroads, cleanup contractors and local and state government, including MPCA emergency response staff.
Networking, communication and education efforts by Wakota CAER help ensure that emergency response plans are coordinated between public and private sectors, and various government jurisdictions. Regular trainings, exercises and drills are also coordinated by Wakota CAER members both for practice and to keep up with new and improved technologies. These activities help to prevent and minimize environmental damage from emergencies like chemical fires, train derailments, pipeline breaks and tanker truck accidents. For its proactive partnerships, the MPCA thanks Wakota CAER and its members for going Above and Beyond for public safety and environmental protection through emergency preparedness!
To learn more, visit about Wakota CAER website.