The Wakota CAER program originated from a national CAER model that emerged in 1985 to address the need for mutual aid and public awareness organizations to merge efforts in order to ensure effective response to an incident and support safety for the community.
For more than three decades, Wakota CAER has developed and sponsored the following activities in support of citizens of Washington and Dakota counties:
- Emergency drills — to practice for and improve preparedness to emergencies
- Inland Waterways Spill Responder Training (Boom School) — to hone on-water oil spill response skills
- Cold Weather Spill Responder Training — to develop technical expertise in harsh environments
- Mississippi River Spill Cooperative — to bring industry together to help each other in time of crisis
- Public Official CAER Luncheon Programs — to raise awareness of Wakota CAER
- Public expositions of emergency response equipment — to educate the public about industry’s preparedness and Wakota CAER’s purpose.
Looking to the Future…
Strategic planning is an integral part of Wakota CAER. The Board gathers during the summer months to plan events and establish goals which are identified based on industry and member needs. Wakota CAER encourages membership to stay apprised of current events and become a strategic partner to achieve all of its goals.