FROM THE DIRECTOR
Where do I find shelter? Who is my emergency contact? Where is my family’s reunification point? Who are reliable sources of information? These are questions that should be addressed in your family’s emergency plan. Answers to these questions may vary, but the outcome is the same – preparedness.
We are often overwhelmed when we hear the word ‘plan’. Creating a plan that works for your family doesn’t have to be a lengthy or exhaustive process. Making a plan simply means that you consider answers to the questions posed above, and discuss actions you and your family will take to mitigate the effects of a disaster. Jot these ideas down and keep them in an easily accessible and visible place in your home. Regularly discuss your plan with your family, and update it as needed.
Consider the time you took to read this narrative. Those few brief moments are all you need to begin building an emergency plan that works for your family and that will guide you when disaster strikes. If you plan for the unexpected today, you and your family will be more resilient when faced with disaster tomorrow.
To be the most disaster resilient community in America
The Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management Program along with community stakeholders strives to be a national model of best practices in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery against high-impact events to reduce loss of life, damage to property and harm to the environment. The Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management Program promotes enhanced regionalization of emergency management across southwest Missouri.
Springfield-Greene County's emergency management program received national accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) in April, 2012. EMAP is an independent & voluntary evaluation of state and local emergency management programs based on national best practices. At the time of our accreditation, Springfield-Greene County was one of only 13 local programs in the nation to be accredited by EMAP.
StormReady, a program started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK by the National Weather Service, helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before and during the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.
StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.
Springfield-Greene County has been certified a StormReady Community since 2004.
SAFE COMMUNITIES AMERICA ACCREDITATION
Springfield-Greene County received Safe Communities America accreditation in 2007. Awarded by the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Community Safety Promotion (WHOCCCSP) and the National Safety Council/Safe Communities America, Springfield- Greene County earned this designation due the region's commitment, innovative programs and community efforts to promote safety initiatives to prevent disabling accidents and needless deaths.