New Director for OEM
Chet Hunter named new OEM Director.
The Greene County Commission has selected Chet Hunter, 37, as the new director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Hunter was most recently the emergency management director in Lawrence County, a position he has held since 2009. He has also been an EMT-B with Mercy Emergency Medical Services since 2002.
"I am so pleased and humbled to have been offered this wonderful opportunity," Hunter said. "I know that the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management has a regional, state-wide and national reputation of excellence in the profession, and to be selected as the director at this point in my career is a dream come true for me and my family."
Hunter is a 2000 graduate of Baptist Bible College with a bachelor's degree and was credentialed as a Missouri Certified Emergency Manager (MoCEM) in 2010. In 2011 he received his Professional Development Certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Hunter is currently serving on the Region D WebEOC Administration Team, Region D Exercise Planning Team and is a MOCERT1 team member.
"We are very pleased Chet has agreed to join the leadership team here in Greene County," Greene County Presiding Commissioner Jim Viebrock said. "The Office of Emergency Management has a long-standing tradition of excellence and service to the citizens of Greene County, and the selection of Chet Hunter as director will ensure that tradition continues."
"Chet emerged as the best, most qualified choice from a very diverse and talented pool of candidates," Springfield City Manager Greg Burris said. "The citizens of Springfield should know that Chet brings a solid understanding of emergency management, coupled with his proven skill set to work along side city and county command staff and jurisdictions."
Chet and his wife Cortney have three children. He will be begin his position July 7, 2014.
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.