FROM THE DIRECTOR
“Be Informed - Know Where to Go!” This statement rings true when severe weather arrives in Springfield – Greene County. The Office of Emergency Management along with numerous other jurisdictions have adopted a new Outdoor Warning Siren Activation Guideline. The single most important goal of this guideline is to save lives. Several counties and municipalities in our region of southwest Missouri, along with media partners and the National Weather Service, saw the value in putting forth one cohesive message to the public. The outdoor warning sirens will activate for 3 events: tornado warnings, thunderstorm warnings that produce life-threatening winds, and testing/maintenance (tests are the 2nd Wed. of each month @ 10:00 a.m.). Preparedness starts with you! Take this opportunity to “do1thing” to prepare.
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 will lead 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.