Inaugural Volunteer Awards Program Luncheon

Greetings, all!

Sam here!

We are working hard to get the EMA’s new Volunteer Awards Program up off the ground and our first successful luncheon was held for the Camden County, MO CERT members who assisted with the Mass Vaccination Event held on March 7 with the Health Department, Hospital, National Guard, and more at the School of the Osage!

We had a great lunch catered by The Butcher Shop, presented the volunteers with awards and small gifts to show our appreciation for their efforts, and then had an impromptu discussion on the final After Action Report submitted to the State Emergency Management Agency reviewing the EMA and CERT’s feedback on the event. We (as well as our state counterparts) value the feedback on what went right, what went wrong, and how we can improve for any kind of future event, so having a great team in place who can give us ideas, observe things we missed, or suggest things to make life easier is priceless to us!

Thank you to the volunteers who give their time, efforts, and heart to help and serve the residents and visitors of Camden County, MO!

Published by camdensam

I became the Director of Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in August 2021 after previously serving as the agency's Deputy Director for a year. As the Director, I manage the day-to-day operations of the EMA, work on the Local Emergency Operations Plan, manage the Facebook, Twitter, and website for the EMA, oversee the webpages for the Camden County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), provide oversight and run exercises for the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and work with the Camden County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). I hold a general class amateur radio license, call sign KE0LMY. I am also the official "Bee Keeper" of our mascot, Buzzer the Bee, who wants you to BEE Prepared!!! I'm a certified CERT trainer and WebEOC trainer for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. I maintain an EXTENSIVE and ever-growing list of credentials and train vigorously with first responder agencies, other EMAs, and with anyone I believe will help me become a better, more well-rounded emergency management director.

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