Beginning in August 2018, the BC MO EM will require volunteers for groups under the EMA umbrella (currently including the BC MO CERT and any volunteers accepted to serve positions in the Emergency Operations Center when it is activated) to submit background checks to us on an annual basis. For more information on FEMA’s requirements for background checks, feel free to consult the CERT Liability Guide.
There are several reasons this new rule is being implemented. First, in the case of a large-scale emergency, background checks ensure the volunteers are positive additions to the response/recovery teams. Second, background checks are often a final step taken by agencies to help ensure the proper utilization of volunteers and to protect the employer from a number of potential risks. Background checks fulfill the requirement for due diligence and help to reduce liability. We want our volunteers to feel safe! Finally, in some cases, a background check can help us verify education and certifications.
Below, you will find two agencies we accept background checks through; the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Both of these are sent through the Department of Public Safety, so either one is fine. Both carry similar costs to run the checks.
Department of Health and Senior Services: Family Care Safety Registry. Under the Registration tab, you will find instructions on how to file online.
Missouri State Highway Patrol: Please complete form Criminal Record Check Form (SHP-158), submit it to the MSHP, and forward a copy of the background check to Samantha Henley when you receive it in the mail.
Please make sure that Deputy Director Samantha Henley receives a copy of your background check annually to continue volunteering with Benton County, MO CERT or in the EOC.
Background checks can either be mailed directly to:
Benton County, MO Emergency Management Agency
C/O Deputy Director Samantha Henley
1231 Hirsch Pkwy
Warsaw, MO, 65355
Emailed to Samantha Henley at firstname.lastname@example.org