We hit the ground running this week already!
First thing this morning, EMD Sam Henley met with Corey Leuwerke, Manager of the Camdenton Memorial-Lake Regional Airport. Corey was previously unable to attend last year’s Local Emergency Operations Plan meetings (because he is also a full-time pilot!), but he was able to squeeze in a meeting with her on one of his rare days off today!
Sam reviewed the Emergency Support Functions the airports are involved in (ESFs 1, 7, 16, and the planned 17) with Corey and then began learning about the capabilities of the Camdenton airport, as well as the limitations. Among the topics were the weight and size limits for aircraft using the airport, limitations on the airspace during large-scale emergencies, direct contact information for the airport, and contact with the Federal Aviation Administration in Kansas City, since that is the federal office Camdenton falls under during the aforementioned large-scale emergencies.
As always, understanding the moving pieces and jobs involved in these situations allows Sam to more easily assist with or manage operations, logistics, and communications when large-scale emergencies strike!
The pair also discussed the possible formation of an Emergency Action Plan for the airport in the future, to ensure the employees are aware and trained for those emergencies!
Our office is fortunate to have a good working relationship with the Camdenton Administrator, Jeff Hooker, which will have a resoundingly positive effect and better teamwork should something happen that impacts not only the City of Camdenton but anywhere else in our county!
Thank you to Corey for giving us some of his time in order to ensure our office is on the same page as the airport for large-scale emergencies and we are thrilled to add the Camdenton Memorial-Lake Regional Airport to the LEOP Review Team!