FROM THE DIRECTOR
Preparedness = a state of readiness.
It is far better to plan and prepare than it is to simply react to hazards you may face. This concept is one that the Office of Emergency Management actively promotes on a daily basis. Perhaps you are considering what actions to take to keep your basement from flooding again. Or perhaps you are trying to decide if you should purchase a generator for your home. Often, the expenses incurred after a disaster will far exceed any cost related to preparing yourself and your family before the disaster ever strikes. This drive to mitigate the effects of a disaster is known as “resilience.” The more resilient you are, the more rapidly you are able to recover from any type of disruption in your life. Personal preparedness leads to community resilience. What steps can you take today to ensure your personal preparedness?
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.