An Update from the Director

Good afternoon, all!

Sam here!

As is par for the course, it has been a very busy time for the EMA!

Since my last update, the following items have been started, worked on, or completed:

-Adjusted Hyper-Reach to only broadcast 10 types of warnings for Camden County due to resident and visitor demand. Hyper-Reach no longer broadcasts advisories or watches, except through social media.

-Delivered PPE, water, and other supplies to schools and first responder agencies.

-Hosted TWO tactical storm spotter training classes with the National Weather Service (NWS) for first responder agencies and member of the Lake Area Storm Spotters (L.A.S.S.).

-Completed a review of the Local Emergency Operations Plan with our representative from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.

-Camden County Road & Bridge picked up pallets of water for us from the American Red Cross to distribute to first responder agencies.

-Attended several regional Emergency Management Director and Homeland Security meetings.

-Participated in the Hazard Mitigation planning meeting with Lake Regional Health Systems.

-Continued to participate in ongoing training opportunities.

-Began meeting with county offices in regards to an Emergency Purchasing Plan for the county.

-Participated in the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) meeting.

-Met with representatives from the NWS and the Ozarks Amphitheater (OA) to begin participating in the NWS Event Support pilot program.

-Gave an Emergency Preparedness Presentation at the Camdenton Library.

-Participated in the Municipality Meeting.

-Provided traffic control and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) oversight for the Magic Dragon Street Meet.

-Documented the landslide on Wilbus Drive, along with participating in numerous conference calls.

-Participated in the Lake Area Emergency Services Association (LAESA) meeting.

-Reestablished the MOU with the Camden County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

-Hosted a discussion meeting for exercising the Ameren (Bagnell Dam) Emergency Action Plan.

-Gave an Emergency Preparedness Presentation at the Osage Beach Library.

-Met with members of the Camden County ARES to begin scheduling regular training classes and set expectations.

-Began efforts to update MOSWIN radios and permissions.

-Created the temporary (and then more permanent) Memorandum of Understanding for the Ozarks Amphitheater (OA).

-Began providing on scene Event Support in conjunction with the NWS Springfield office for OA concerts with 3000+ guests.

-Met with the emergency management directors of Pulaski and Laclede counties to discuss mutual aid and CERT.

-Met with the commission and emergency management director of Hickory County to provide requested guidance on growing their EMA and capabilities.

-Wrote the Emergency Management Performance Grant for Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023).

-Wrote two State Homeland Security Program Grants; one for generator load testing for the Homeland Security generators we house and one for the expansion and enhancement of the CERT program for Camden County.

-Provided grant writing advice and assistance to Lake Ozark Fire Protection District.

-Provided grant writing advice and assistance to Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District.

-Gave an Emergency Preparedness Presentation at the Stoutland Library.

-Continued with work on Camden County’s Continuity of Operations Plan.

-Provided resources to the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce (via pending MOU) to support the Camdenton stop for the Race Across America (as of 6/17/22).

And again, that’s JUST the highlights! Thank you so much to the volunteers, first responders, agencies, offices, businesses, and individuals who support the EMA’s efforts to help everyone “BEE” Prepared!

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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