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James Stuart for Anoka County Sheriff - Anoka County, Minnesota
Terry Stoltzman, Director
Anoka County Emergency Management
2013 Minnesota Skywarn Workshop
Terry Stoltzman, Director of Emergency Management, Anoka County, MN
Terry is the Director of Emergency Management for Anoka County.
He is also currently a member on the Statewide Radio Board Interoperability (Interop) and Integrated Public Alert and Warning (IPAWS) Committees.
Also a Past President of the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM).
He has response experience from assisting at numerous weather relater disasters in the State of Minnesota and the State of New York for Hurricane Sandy.
Terry Stoltzman, Anoka ...
Terry Stoltzman, Anoka County's emergency management director is keeping a careful watch on flood-related data.
was busy throughout March taking digital pictures and video of ice near bridges, collecting data snapshots and coordinating planning.
also provided a month-ending emergency management flood update to a group of local government officials during their quarterly meeting in Blaine.
and other emergency planning directors are keeping watch on this week's forecast, namely warmer temperatures and precipitation predictions.
"River levels are starting to go up," he
said Monday, adding the Mississippi River was expected to reach flood action stage this past Tuesday or Wednesday.
Every morning, Stoltzman fires up his
computer and makes an online check with the North Central River Forecast Center
, the National Weather Service
and the National Geographical Survey
, and checks river gauges.
also checks with police and fire chiefs and Doug Fischer, Anoka County highway engineer.
"Talk to your public works people," Stoltzman
advised the group of local government officials that met March 30.
said some of the river gauges will eventually provide a peak and valley reading that shows the freeze-thaw cycle and the rapid movement of water.
"If we continue to get more sunshine and no rain, or just a little bit a of sprinkle, we'll be OK," Stoltzman
"But, as it warms up, that's going to release more ice up north.
That brings new water into the system.
Statewide, if we had a slow melt and no rain or very little rain and cool nights, that would be best."
When it comes to local river monitoring, Stoltzman
said the county has two key river points to consider, north of the Coon Rapids Dam and south of the dam.
, said that in years past Anoka County has been able to share its resources with other affected counties.
This year, the situation may be different.
"This is the first time that we've had to look at home
As an example, Stoltzman
said last week the Coon Rapids Dam had 10- to 11-foot high ice jams visible at the end of March.
"I call them bridge busters," he
Terry Stoltzman, Anoka ...
Terry Stoltzman, Anoka County's emergency services manager, has come up with a unique and award-winning way to reinforce the troops who are called on to deal with nature's forces.
Terry Stoltzman, Anoka County's emergency services manager
As historic rain and flooding washed through southeastern Minnesota, Terry Stoltzman
waded into the pools and sludge, searching desperately for a comrade in arms.
Stoltzman is Anoka County's emergency services manager, but a disaster is a disaster and when sirens sound, Stoltzman jumps, regardless of where the calls for help take him.
In 2007, they steered him to Caledonia, where he
lent a hand to his
Houston County counterpart.
"We shared an experience," said Stoltzman
Out of necessity, Stoltzman wants to share the wealth.
developed a plan, unique in Minnesota, that will allow more emergency-services personnel to band together and coordinate plans to move beleaguered citizens away from the eye of the storm -- or fire, tornado, flood, bridge collapse or other catastrophic tremor of nature.
supervises a staff of two in Anoka County
In an emergency, that won't do.
recruited already-trained personnel who are paid for on-call services.
is Minnesota's first county to employ such a system.
For Stoltzman's efforts, the county recently was named a 2010-11 Local Government Innovations Award winner by the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
and the county will be honored on April 13.
County emergency services teams are generally small.
has eight people on its staff and Ramsey County four or five, Stoltzman
"How do we have a staff, a model that can run 24/7 in an emergency?
He was once a paid on-call firefighter in Robbinsdale.
still has his
fire shield as a reminder.
"You got paid when you were there," he
recalled saying to himself.
"Duh ... you've done this before.
Let's do it again."
Last August, he
hired Ryan Kelzenberg, who has emergency management experience with Ramsey County.
then hired on-call workers who had experience fighting fires and medical emergencies.
began preparing for his
emergency-services role in Anoka County years ago, when he
was a police explorer in Brooklyn Park.
He rose to explorer captain, then community service officer.
He was a training officer with the fire department.
Then, 10 years ago in August, he
was asked, "Why not be an emergency manager?"
When Anoka County's
Carlos Avery Reserve was set afire two years ago, Stoltzman
oversaw the coordination of helicopters dousing the flames.
In 2007, he
was among the personnel trying to sort through the chaos of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse.
"Floods are a slow-moving thing," he
"We're always planning for them.
Terry Stoltzman, Anoka ...
Terry Stoltzman, Anoka County's emergency management director, was in southeastern Minnesota when floods ravaged the area in August.Trying to assist and alert emergency crews, he reached for his cell phone -- only to discover he had no signal.Stoltzman had no portable police radio, no ham radio, but he had one workable bar on his laptop air card.And he had a plan."What we learned after the 35W bridge collapsed, after Katrina, from our experiences with every emergency or whenever disaster strikes, is that with technology always on the move, there's always a backup plan -- and a need to continually modify that plan," Stoltzman said recently.