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Office of Emergency Management

fall 2016 NEWSLETTER

OEM Hosts EMAP Assessors as Part of Reaccreditation Process A team of 6 assessors from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) arrived at the Public Safety Center on Monday, Sept. 26 for a week-long review of 64 standards of emergency management best practices. These standards, compiled and updated by OEM staff members, provide a comprehensive overview of our local emergency management program, and are the markers by which OEM received its initial EMAP accreditation in 2012. Up for re-accreditation every five years, staff members have worked diligently for the last year to update these standards for a re-accreditation review. The initial findings of the on-site EMAP assessment team indicated a score of 100% complete. Final re-accreditation determination will be made and announced by EMAP early next year.

National Preparedness Month

HIGHLIGHTED IMPORTANCE OF PREPAREDNESS September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, a four week initiative sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which focuses on building personal, family and community resiliency to disaster. This year’s theme was “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today”. OEM launched a social media campaign to highlight the importance of preparedness and offer tips and resources on how best to prepare for disaster. Additionally, OEM speaking engagements throughout the month provided an avenue through which to communicate our message of preparedness to the community. The month culminated in National Prepareathon Day on Sept. 30. For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit


Who to call.

Where to meet.

main office:


Public Safety Center 330 West Scott Street Springfield, MO 65802

What to pack.



Learn more about how you can be involved in preparedness efforts:

(417) 869-6040 or


OEM Staff Members Give Back at Ronald McDonald House

OEM staff members had the opportunity to put their culinary skills to the test on Thursday, August 18 as they prepared a hearty breakfast for families living in the Ronald McDonald House near Cox South hospital. The event was part of United Way’s annual Day of Caring – a day dedicated to giving back to those organizations who assist members of our community. Ronald McDonald House offers a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children who are receiving care at Cox South. To learn more about United Way’s Day of Caring, and ways you can get involved, visit

Earthquake Evacuee Drill Tests Response Plan Missouri is no stranger to earthquake fears, as the New Madrid Seismic Zone located in the southeastern part of the state presents a very real possibility of earthquake activity. If an earthquake should occur, how will we take care of the many evacuees who are sure to head our way? On August 24, OEM staff members participated in a region wide exercise to test an evacuee reception center. The exercise, hosted at Diggins Apostolic Church in Diggins, MO, brought together local emergency management agencies, first responders, and relief organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army to simulate the processing of evacuees. Emergency management personnel played the roles of evacuees, while CERT, CART and Red Cross team members managed the reception site. It was a timely exercise, as just a few days following, on Sept. 3, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit near Pawnee, OK, and tremors from such could be felt throughout the Missouri Ozarks.

OEM Interim Director Deploys to Assist with Hurricane Matthew Response Hurricane Matthew, a powerful category 5 hurricane, wrought widespread destruction and loss of life as it journeyed across the Western Atlantic from Sept. 28 through Oct. 10, impacting parts of Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the southeastern United States. Larry Woods, Interim Director of OEM, participated in a federal deployment in response to Hurricane Matthew via an Incident Response Coordination Team that operates under the US Department of Health and Human Services. Woods serves as a certified Planning Section Chief on this federal team. First deployed to Tallahassee, FL, Woods then transitioned with his team to Valdosta, GA. His primary responsibility was to oversee the planning efforts for all health and medical response initiatives. These efforts spanned four states, from Frederick, MD to Melbourne, FL, and included oversight of almost 1,000 personnel and millions of dollars in resources. Woods has served at the federal level with the US Department of Health and Human Services for the past 12 years.

PSC Tours Provide a Glimpse into Emergency Operations in Action The Public Safety Center has been a busy place this year, as meetings, trainings and conferences are conducted in its training rooms and groups of students and adults visit the facility for a tour. Providing a first-hand look at how emergency operations are coordinated, members of the public are educated about the critical role that emergency management plays in the community. If you are interested in a tour of our facility, please email

Welcome Jacob Waggoner, OEM Logistics Specialist, to the Team! Jacob joined the OEM team on Sept. 26 as our full-time logistics specialist, coordinating the facilitation of resources during a disaster and overseeing EOC readiness and fleet management. Jacob served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 20092013 and began to build his logistics experience during his second overseas tour, where he served in a Combat Logistics Battalion in Afghanistan. Following his military service, Jacob secured a logistics internship at Prime Trucking and Dayton Freight Lines. He also served as a warehouse intern at Hiland Dairy. Jacob is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Missouri State University. He and his wife, Mary Ruth, live in Springfield.

Record Breaking Heat Kicks Off November By November 1, most of us are usually bundled up in sweatshirts, warding off the chill of frosty mornings and chilly nights. Not so this year. November 1, 2016 went down in the record books in Springfield, breaking the record high temperature of 81 degrees set in 1937. Official high temperature of the day was 82 degrees. The extended summer-like weather has some people overjoyed as they bask in the warm sun and others pining for the briskly cool temperatures of fall. Do these unusually warm temperatures serve as a prelude to a bitterly cold winter? Only time will tell!

Public Safety Center

Open to Public Interested in a tour of the Public Safety Center, or hosting your meeting in one of our training rooms? We provide both tours and meeting room space to the public! Call 417-869-6040 or email for more information.

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Disaster Preparedness. Community Engagement. When disaster strikes, will you be prepared?

FALL 2016


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