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      Minnesota Responds to Hurricane Sandy

      Posted on October 30, 2012 at 4:36 PM

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      The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management response team

      In a cooperative effort between states, Minnesotans are helping manage emergency response efforts on the east coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. 

      The state of Massachusetts contacted the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and requested a team of professionals to assist with logistics and planning in that state’s emergency operations center. Five people - from HSEM, the City of Excelsior, Allina Medical and Hennepin County - arrived this weekend.

      Massachusetts is transitioning from response to recovery so the team is moving to the state emergency operations center in New York. The Minnesota team will assist New York with planning efforts that include helping to analyze the state's needs for the next hour, next day and beyond.  

      Minnesota has a long history of assisting other states during times of emergency. Teams have assisted with several hurricanes - Irene, Rita, Katrina - floods and other natural disasters. Minnesota’s emergency management community has a nationwide reputation as one of the top emergency management systems in the country. Many states specifically request teams from Minnesota when they need assistance.

      The deployments are coordinated through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC),  a mutual aid agreement and partnership between states.