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Critical Infrastructure GIS Data for Minnesota

The Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council's Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) is Minnesota’s principal organization for promoting, coordinating, and standardizing GIS use across all levels of the state's Emergency Management community. The EPC's Critical Infrastructure Assessment Workgroup is developing a workflow for state critical infrastructure to be updated in statewide and national datasets. The team has identified the following datasets as critical infrastructure.

The Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) data catalog provides publicly available geospatial data to support community preparedness, resiliency, research, and more. The datasets listed below are known to be locally verified and/or more current than their counterparts in HIFLD. However, there are many datasets of interest in the HIFLD catalog to supplement the Minnesota data.

The Minnesota Situational Awareness Viewer (MNSAV) is an interactive viewer that combines many of the best available critical infrastructure datasets and US National Grid Responder Maps. MNSAV was first released August 2020. The viewer was developed to provide the Minnesota public with a "one-stop-shop" for publicly available emergency/disaster planning and response mapped information. Extensive research was conducted to ensure the public domain data sources used were the best available at that time. Data cannot be downloaded from this site.

Critical Infrastructure Data

Sub-Type Dataset Data Provider Links to Data and Metadata Comments
Healthcare Facilities Hospitals Minnesota Department of Health Hospitals Last geocoded March 2020.
Hospital definition
Nursing and Boarding Care Homes Minnesota Department of Health Nursing and Boarding Care Homes Last geocoded March 2020.
Nursing Home definition
Boarding Care Home definition
  • Hospices
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Supervised Living Facilities
Minnesota Department of Health MDH Health Care Directory Database Not geocoded.
Pharmacies RxOpen RxOpen Updated annually. The primary data source is the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs
Emergency Facilities Law Enforcement Facilities University of Minnesota Law Enforcement Locations Periodically verified by local authorities. The point features represent the building locations of active law enforcement facilities in Minnesota.
Fire Stations University of Minnesota Fire Stations Periodically verified by local authorities. The point features represent the building locations of active fire stations in Minnesota.
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Stations Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data EMS Stations
Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data Local Emergency Operations Centers (EOC)  
Schools & Shelters Public School Buildings in Minnesota Minnesota Department of Education Public School Buildings in Minnesota Locations of buildings primarily used for public education, but also frequently used for other community needs.
Public Schools
Private schools
Colleges and universities
Minnesota Department of Education School Program Locations Program locations, see metadata for definitions and query options. Updated annually.
Other facilities designated as a shelter Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data National Shelter System Facilities
Transportation Transportation-related data Minnesota Department of Transportation
Utility Systems Public Utilities Infrastructure Information for Minnesota
Dams and Levees Inventory of Dams in Minnesota MN DNR Inventory of Dams in Minnesota Updated annually. Most comprehensive of non-federal dams (though federal dams also included).
National Inventory of Dams US ACE National Inventory of Dams Updated continuously. Most comprehensive of federal dams. Also reliable for all significant and high hazard dams.
National Levee Database US Army Corps of Engineers National Levee Database
Cultural Resources National Register of Historic Places National Park Service National Register of Historic Places Data/locations about other cultural resources are restricted to professionals and officials. See the MnDOT Cultural Resource Information System and the State Historic Preservation Office.

Contact and update information

The information above represents EPC's Critical Infrastructure Assessment Workgroup's most up-to-date understanding of critical infrastructure data for Minnesota. If you know of other publicly available critical infrastructure information sources, please reach out to the Critical Infrastructure Assessment Workgroup.

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