FROM THE DIRECTOR
Readiness for emergencies is an ongoing process that continues far after an emergency plan is established. The recent flooding event highlighted to many the realities of a natural disaster and the need for preparedness. Events such as these provide a great time to examine our personal preparedness measures and identify areas in which we can bolster our efforts. For instance, take a moment to review your insurance policies and related coverage. Make sure you understand what will be covered should a natural disaster impact you.
We are not far from spring severe weather season, and the time is now to ensure that you and your family will be prepared should disaster strike. Do you have an emergency kit? Does your family know what to do and where to meet in the event of an emergency? Do you have an established contact person? Do you know where to go to get life-saving and real-time information related to emergencies? Answering these questions and taking action now may save your life. Our office is here to assist you in your preparedness efforts. Together, we can make our community the most disaster resilient community in America.
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.