FROM THE DIRECTOR
A disaster is imminent - take action now! A phrase we hope to never hear come across our TVs, radios, or phones. Can you imagine ten or more days without power? For many in Greene County, memories quickly surface of the infamous 2007 ice storm that crippled the county. The storm caused a loss of power and forced citizens to cope with the impact of no heat for days, and in some cases, weeks. Generators quickly became in short supply as individuals searched for ways to support homes and businesses that had no electricity. The storm left widespread destruction of trees and vegetation across the county. It’s important to remember how dramatically that storm impacted our lives. Let us not forget all the preparedness steps we wish we had taken in the days before the storm hit.
September is National Preparedness Month and we encourage you to plan now. Disaster accounts often begin with the phrase, “It started out like any other day.” Create a plan that will prepare your family for a disaster and ensure communication with one another. During a disaster it’s vital that you have the ability to receive timely information via media outlets, a weather radio, and social media. Make sure you have the capability to do so. In addition, don’t forget about your pets. Create a preparedness plan that includes them and addresses where your pets will go if you need to evacuate and the items your pet will need to survive. Take time to plan before a disaster strikes, because once it occurs, the time for planning has passed.
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.