This Week’s Update from the Director

Another busy week here at the EMA!

First, we want to thank the amazing CERT members who volunteered on Saturday and/or Sunday to help run the First Aid Tent at Captain Ron’s for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. The weather cooperated and the CERTs handled some easy first aid calls to ease the burden on EMS at the event. Great job, TEAM!!! Be on the lookout for their blog soon!

CERT will have their After Action Report Hotwash on Tuesday evening, September 7 at 6 pm to kick off their regular monthly meeting. REMINDER: CERT meetings are ALWAYS open to the public unless otherwise stated! We would love to have prospective CERT members come on down and see if this volunteer opportunity is for you!

Monday, we interviewed applicants for the Deputy Director position. Stage two of the process will commence after the holiday weekend. There were many amazing, qualified applicants and we are hoping to bring in a fantastic new team member soon! We’ll keep you updated!

Tuesday saw us getting our grant paperwork signed and submitted for the FY21 Emergency Management Performance Grant (more on that later) and participating in a conference call with many of our partners in the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center with an eye on cybersecurity at all levels of government and the private/public sector.

Wednesday, we spent the day organizing the bays, moving equipment, and starting on some MUCH needed yard work around the EMA, particularly in the secured lot.

Thursday, we participated in the Osage Energy Emergency Action Plan review with our partners at Bagnell Dam and other key agencies. After the meeting, it was back to yard work! We also had a visit from our friends at Dogwood Animal Shelter Thrift Store and The Lamb House so they could pick up more disposable masks (and hand sanitizer) for their customers.

REMINDER: We still have plenty of disposable masks and hand sanitizer available FOR FREE for ANYONE who would like to visit our office and pick some up!

Today, we continued our efforts to clean up the south side of the EMA building (photos taken toward the end of the cleanup!). This parking lot will give us a great place to hold hands-on, supplemental training classes for our CERT and other agencies! We also took inventory of PPE kits we have on-hand to support our first responder agencies.

CERT also received their order of 10 new safety vests today. These vests will clearly mark CERT members and make them highly visible when doing traffic control!

Of course, there were a hundred tiny things we handled during the week, but these were the highlights! We sure are glad it’s a holiday weekend so we can get some rest before we are right back at it on Tuesday!

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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