January 2014 Resolution
There is an old saying, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." How true that is. How many times have you said, "This year I resolve to lose weight, stop smoking, slow down, stop procrastinating.....etc etc etc? How about preparedness for you and your loved ones? As we begin 2014, let's all agree to think preparedness and as you will see it really is something that can be done -- and the payoff can be huge. Where do we start? We start simple.
Let's begin by creating a plan. Think of the plan as a "what if" guide. Good preparedness plans aren't complex and they shouldn't be. They should address what would you and your family do in the event of an emergency. There isn't a cookie-cutter plan for preparedness so begin by having a conversation with your family and talk about what is specifically important to you. What if this or that happened? What would we do? Where would we meet? How would we communicate? Who would be an alternate person we could all check in with? Where is an alternative safe place where we could reconnect?
Start your preparendess journey with this first and very important step -- it is easy -- costs nothing -- and can provide amazing piece of mind when it matters most.
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.