Director Attends G-271V Course on Hazardous Weather & Flooding Preparedness

In our ongoing effort to increase situational awareness, Camden County’s EMD Sam Henley is attending the G-271V Course on Hazardous Weather & Flooding Preparedness.

This course provides training for local and state emergency managers who respond to hazardous weather events, while promoting partnership and coordination between the National Weather Service (NWS) and emergency managers. The goal of this course is to enhance emergency managers’ ability to recognize potentially hazardous weather and flooding situations so they are equipped to plan appropriately and to coordinate effective responses.

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Many of the traditionally in-seat training courses have been moved to virtual courses in the past year, including this one. Though this allows the courses to continue, many participants up to and including the teachers miss the in-person interaction.

Demystifying the world of weather prediction, tools used, theories studied, and more makes this course worthwhile as it will allow the director to work on improving communications with our community when severe weather threatens the county.

The director will also take the follow-up course G272-V – Warning Coordination during the first week of October to fully expand our understanding of maximizing communications with our partners and coordinating the warnings for the public.

This course is the latest in the hazardous weather series of courses produced in partnership with the National Weather Service (NWS). Every year, the United States experiences more severe weather than any other country in the world. In order to reduce deaths, injuries, and property losses, emergency managers must work closely with the NWS and the news media to provide effective warnings that can be received and understood by people at risk. This course is intended to help facilitate that process. Course topics include: The Social Dimensions of Warning Response; Developing Effective Warning Messages; Developing an Effective Community Warning Process; and Working with the News Media to Create a Weather Warning Partnership. In addition to lecture and discussion, the course includes case studies, exercises, and an opportunity for interaction with representatives of the local news media.

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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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