December’s Review!

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This month has been all about teamwork here in the BC MO EM! Between the emergence of the RAVE communication system and the Emergency Communications trailer, we have had the opportunity to work with some pretty amazing groups and we are thrilled with the progress everyone made!

We have been working with numerous organizations on the RAVE notification system like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Benton County 911, each of the cities in the county, and so on. The overall support to see the program succeed is fantastic and we are driven to utilize the system to its fullest potential. We have put together some great posters with our new QR Codes which you will soon see throughout the county at places like gas stations, boat docks, campgrounds, rv parks, and more! The QR Code can be scanned using smart phones and it will take you directly to our link to sign up and insert information in our emergency alert system, Smart911.

For those who have been following the updates on the Emergency Communications Trailer project, you already know we have a great partnership with the Benton County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service group, which is responsible for the building and outfitting of the trailer. Under the direction of our deputy director, we have gained some items through sponsorship by Crainshaw’s Supply, Dan’s RV Sales, and Lowe’s Home Improvement! The BC MO EM has already purchased some of the items needed to begin this worthwhile project and the build is underway. You can follow the updates on our Amateur Radio page.

We would also like to take a moment to mention that two of our county’s volunteer groups came together in a unified Christmas Party. The BC ARES invited the BC MO CERT to join them in a fun round of White Elephant Gift Exchange and a breakfast potluck and the entire party was enjoyable! It was great to see everyone working (and playing!) together in the spirit of the holiday season!

We can’t wait to see what 2019 brings to our county!