The MNSEA SEER (Structural Engineers Emergency Response) Committee is a committee of the MNSEA consisting of structural engineering professionals that are focused on bringing information forward to our MNSEA members and the public on the structural engineer’s role in responding to emergency situations involving damage to our built environment. 

The MNSEA SEER Committee mission statement: “To prepare and provide for rapid mobilization of qualified structural engineers to assist emergency management agencies and the public in responding to disasters.” 

The committee intends to work closely with the National SEER Committee and with other state SEER Committees to bring forth information on how to meet the objectives of the MNSEA SEER Committee, including the following: 

■ Reporting on the status of the national and state SEER committee activities. 

■ Identifying training and certifications that would be required and/or beneficial for structural engineers engaging in emergency response activities. 

■ Providing opportunities to receive emergency response training and information through seminars and other events. 

■ Inform how structural engineers can assist with government entities and private parties in an emergency event. 

■ Inform how to participate in the roster program for responding to emergencies. 

■ Other information as appropriate. 


The committee hopes to bring in speakers for the various relationships/players that may be involved with emergency response projects, to hear what they look for from structural engineers at the scenes, what concerns them, what they like to see on site, etc. Guest speakers will present the concerns of, but not be limited to: OSHA, ATF, CSB, NTSB, Fire Marshalls, building departments, emergency responders (police, fire, ambulance, etc.), DOT (for bridge and other transportation structures), attorneys, insurance companies, contractors, and others as appropriate. 

Please contact if you have any questions or comments regarding the SEER Committee. 

For more information visit NCSEA SEER website. 



MNSEA SEER Brochure 

The MNSEA SEER Committee has created a brochure covering the MNSEA SEER Committee and its purpose.  Please request a copy of the brochure via e-mail at 


Reference Links 


Disaster Response Alliance. 

In the past two years, more than 100 million people in the United States, a third of its population, suffered in some way from natural disasters, including tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and flooding. The International Code Council and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations—which have had a long-standing partnership in support of the design, construction, and administration of safe and resilient buildings—have joined forces to create the Disaster Response Alliance (DRA) to help communities get up and running as quickly as possible after a major disaster. 

The DRA maintains a single, national database of skilled volunteers willing to assist with response and recovery activities. These activities include post-disaster safety assessments, rapid safety assessments, detailed safety assessments, other building damage assessments, inspections, and other code-related functions in the aftermath of a disaster. The DRA’s national database of volunteers is available to local and state jurisdictions as well as federal government agencies for pre- and post-disaster assistance. 

The Disaster Response Alliance website: 


CalOES Safety Assessment Program 

The Safety Assessment Program (SAP) utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers, architects, and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in the aftermath of a disaster. The program is managed by Cal OES, in cooperation with professional organizations.  Cal OES issues registration ID cards to all SAP Evaluators that have successfully completed the program requirements 

The CalOES SAP website: Recovery Safety Assessment Program ( 


NCSEA Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) Committee 

The SEER Committee advances NCSEA’s commitment to safe structures and resilient communities by promoting the expeditious post-disaster recovery of communities through building safety evaluations. 

NCSEA SEER Committee website: NCSEA Committees 


Request for Emergency Response Photos. 

The MNSEA SEER Committee is asking for your help by submitting emergency response digital photographs that may be used for our website, presentations, brochures, etc. These images should be generic, not showing any company information or identifiable images to link it to a company or a location and should not show people or at least faces or identifiable images to link it to a person. Photos of damage due to flood, fire, explosion, wind, impact, collapse from other causes, excessive deformation, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Please email your images to When we receive the images, we will send out a photo image release to be signed to allow use of the photos. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this. 


Social Media 

Please follow us in LinkedIn for more information, additional training opportunities and if you are interested in being part of the committee –  MNSEA SEER: Overview | LinkedIn 







♦ Chair
Kevin Vazquez – The Haskell Company 


♦ Vice Chairperson
Dave Macdonald – Mattson Macdonald Young, Inc. 


♦ Secretary
Dave Macdonald – Mattson Macdonald Young, Inc. 


♦ Risk Mitigation Subcommittee 

Dave Macdonald – Mattson Macdonald Young, Inc. 

Brad Severson – Kimley Horn 


♦ Training Subcommittee 

Jordan Hurst – Mattson Macdonald Young, Inc. 

Denis Mikulic – Braun Intertec 


♦ Committee Members 

Kerry Rauschendorfer – Larson Engineering, Inc. 


 Digital Media Officer 

Kevin Vazquez (Interim) – The Haskell Company 


 States Emergency Agencies Liaison 

Denis Mikulic – Braun Intertec  



Tanner Wild – Collins Engineers 

Jason Graham –  Bolton & Menk 

Michael Retterath – Walker Consultants 

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