An Update from the Director!

Greetings, all!

Sam here!

Since my appointment as Director of the EMA on August 2, 2021, I have hit the ground running!

My first week looked like this:

Meeting in Moberly with a fellow Emergency Management Director (EMD), CPR/AED/First Aid training with the Camden County Health Department (THANK YOU, KATIE!), Background check information for myself and the CERTs, Outreach to a local church, New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) Planning Team meeting with state and federal partners, CERT training class planning, Region F IPPW meeting in Jefferson City, receive an update on the landslide from Camden County Road and Bridge, and take part in an LEPC meeting.

My second week looked like this:

Monday and Tuesday-Shadow/Train an ICS-300 class so I can now teach it, Wednesday-NMSZ Planning Team meeting with state and federal partners, Thursday-Shadow/Train ICS-400 class so I can now teach it, pick up SHARPS boxes for the EMA, Friday-Meet with the Department of Agriculture about the Local Emergency Operations Plan and CERT training, take part in #bekind week, complete the After Action Report for the EMA/CERT for Aquapalooza, and work with our Regional Planning Committee representative about the regional asset we will soon receive from the Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee.

This week has looked like this:

Meet with Mike to have the EMA’s doors re-lettered/decaled, Conduct partial CERT training for Dept. of Ag rep, set up Animal Handling training for our CERTs for their next monthly meeting, meeting with representatives of a local church about becoming a warming/cooling center and then shelter, meeting with the commissioners about the Local Emergency Operations Plan and the Continuity of Operation Plan (both of which are due for review and renewal by 12/31/2021), conduct the monthly required test of the emergency alert system (Nixle) for Camden County, attend the planning meeting for the Shootout, work on the EMA budget for Fiscal Year 2022, provide our road sign to local police to help with traffic for an event, and meet with local fire chief to provide water for his firefighters via our partnership with the American Red Cross.



I am also accepting applications for a deputy director position and I have started scheduling interviews. If you are interested in helping me lead the team, please submit your resume to me via email at and the application can be found here (click the apply now button on the page). The application can also be emailed to me and I will forward both to our HR department.

I hope to continue the transparency of our office by bringing you these updates regularly, but forgive me if they aren’t done weekly. As you can see, Buzzer and I are working hard to help our partners every single day! We can’t wait to welcome our new Deputy Director into the fold!

I want to thank every single one of you who has stopped me on the street, in the courthouse, and in my meetings to congratulate me on the promotion, work with me on projects coming up, and continue to help guide me as I learn new things about our beautiful county every week! I look forward to working side by side with you!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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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