Once again, things are moving right along here at the BC MO EM! We had even MORE activity than last month. We’ve completed more training, attended meetings, participated in regional nets and exercises, continued on the course to set up the downstream notification system, and began preparing for some important things happening in Benton County over the next couple of months.
Mark and Sam attended the Region A Emergency Management Directors Committee meeting, the Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee meeting, and the Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting. Each of these meetings puts the EMA in direct contact with members of the community we serve, in one capacity or another. See previous blog posts for more information. Mark and Sam completed IPAWS training to further the process for one of the notification systems in our county. They also took part in a MOSWIN region-wide exercise. MOSWIN is a type of radio communications system which allows hospitals, healthcare facilities, 911, EMAs, and first responders to talk to each other. This is especially important because hospitals and healthcare facilities do not have access to first responder radio frequencies.
We are proud to once again announce that Sam completed the Emergency Management Director Academy and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train-the-Trainer program. The latter certified Sam as an official certified trainer for CERT classes. She will be teaching her first BC MO CERT course in September at the Warsaw Lincoln Ambulance Barn during evening classes. For more information, see our BC MO CERT page! As the Emergency Coordinator for the Benton County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Sam also conducted the monthly Region A Healthcare net and attended the associated meeting. For more information on the BC ARES, see their website.
Sam conducted her first CERT Trainers Meeting for the trainers who will be taking part in the upcoming September BC MO CERT training class. A huge thank you to the following CERT volunteers: Marie Payne-Bowman, Christy Barber, Martha Foster, and Sal Rios. These volunteers bring a wealth of experience with them from decades of medical care and backgrounds.
The Open House for the BC MO CERT class will take place on August 27, 2018, at the Warsaw Lincoln Ambulance Barn in Warsaw next to the water tower. Two separate times are being offered to accommodate schedules for those working; one at 10 AM-12 PM and the other at 6 PM-8 PM. Anyone who is curious about the CERT program, the trainers, or just wants to find out if the free training is for them is encouraged to come by for one of these open house events!
We can’t wait to see what comes next!