Randy Knippel

Abstract: In April, 2017, Dakota County conducted an Integrated Emergency Management Course at the Minnesota Emergency Management Training Center at Camp Ripley. This intensive two day training with 85 participants, involved the simulation of a major weather event. GIS played a key role in the EOC with maps, applications, and integrated solutions. The scenario involved three tornadoes affecting farms and rural cities. The exercise was a continuation of a previous exercise which simulated the initial 24 hours simulating the four following days. This presentation will give an overview of the exercise, the role of GIS in the EOC incident command structure, and the specific uses of GIS employed.

Bio: Randy is GIS Manager at Dakota County where he has worked since 1994. He has been involved in a variety of activities related to implementing the U.S. National Grid. He serves on several committees for MetroGIS and MnGeo, including the Emergency Preparedness Committee. He has over 35 years of experience in geographic information science including cartography, photogrammetry, database design, programming, GIS analysis, and project management.

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14955 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124

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