An Update from the Director!

Greetings, all!

Sam here!

Another whirlwind week is coming to an end (okay, not really) and I wanted to update you all on the work we have accomplished this week!

On Monday, we met with a church group who was interested in becoming an emergency shelter in case of a large scale emergency. They have some challenges to overcome and then we will be happy to help them with their plans for that project!

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we held an accelerated Community Emergency Response Team training class for residents of the Village of Four Seasons. They did a phenomenal job and were engaged during the entire session. They were extremely excited to take part in and learn some of the practical training we give them. This training includes extinguishing small fires in CERT’s burn pan, learning line searches, and learning interior searches for structures. If you are interested in joining our CERT, check out their website!

Congratulations and welcome new CERTs Bill, Paul, Jerry, and Mimi!!! We can’t wait to work with you!

Great job to new Camden County CERT Trainers Ranita and Renee! You did a fantastic job!

Thursday brought our budget meeting with Auditor Jimmy Laughlin which went well. This should give us plenty of opportunity and support to continue to support emergency preparedness efforts for our county for Fiscal Year 2022. We also completed EOC Training Session #4 for our CERTs, including two of our brand new CERTs from this week’s class! This was extremely helpful, as they not only found TWO breakers popped here in the EOC, they also created a list of equipment and items the EOC is lacking! They also prepped the CERT Rehab Trailer for use at this weekend’s Shootout, where CERT will once again operate the First Aid Tent in Captain Ron’s parking lot.

Finally, today was catch up day for me. Paperwork, phone calls, emails, load a few last minute things on the CERT trailer, Mid-County Fire dropped by for some extra cases of water for their firefighters for the Shootout, and tonight we’ll be staging the trailer!

If you are down by Captain Ron’s this weekend, drop by the CERT tent and trailer and say hi! The CERTs will have free giveaway items, drawings, and are ready to sign you up to receive information on upcoming training classes!

See you this weekend!

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), oversee 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.

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