Council approves City's participation in Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER)
A CAER group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment by organizing and mobilizing disaster responders.
CAER groups combine local and regional resources to provide an immediate and sustainable response to spill incidents stemming from natural disasters, transportation accidents or local industries. CAER Groups typically operate in a mutual-aid manner, permitting prompt deployment of resources to benefit the community and environment, above private interests.
Through planning, training, communication and teamwork, CAER groups prepare for spill mitigation incidents by identifying potential risks, hazards and available resources, before an incident occurs.
Red Wing's unique character combines river, rail and highway transportation systems with local industry and unsurpassed natural beauty. An effective spill response preparedness plan is essential to protect our community from a spill incident.
In a manner similar to a CAER group, local partners have been meeting informally for approximately 3 years. Red Wing CAER was formed in July of 2010 and the Red Wing CAER Statement of Understanding was approved by City Council on October 25, 2010. Current member organizations are ADM, Wilson Oil Co., ARTCO, Canadian Pacific Railroad System-CPRS, Xcel Energy Co. Refuse Plant, Xcel Nuclear Plant and the city of Red Wing. Membership is expected to grow in the future bringing additional resources and expertise to the group.
The purpose and objectives of Red Wing CAER are as follows:
To ensure that plans for dealing with emergencies are coordinated between public and private sectors, and various governmental jurisdictions.
To assist in community awareness and response programs for hazardous materials, safety, natural disasters, and terrorist events.
To encourage coordination and cooperation in response and planning between the public and private sectors.
To develop, conduct, evaluate, and document emergency exercises.
To serve as a clearinghouse for ideas, efforts, suggestions, or programs that may mutually benefit those responsible in emergency response and in the community.
To promote improvements of emergency equipment, training facilities, and programs.
To provide for the exchange of technical information, expertise, and development of information in an emergency response.
To promote the improvement of essential standards, codes, and regulations necessary to protect lives and property.
To support, coordinate, and cooperate with other organizations with similar objectives.