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Old News from the Old Site.

In light of recent developments, SCEMA has updated its website to be more user and mobile friendly. The following are the last posts of the old site.

Latest News

One Year Anniversary of Galatia’s January 29, 2013 Tornado

The Village of Galatia has endured a full year since a tornado struck at night, devastating some homes and trailers. In spite of the damage, the village has nearly completely recovered. There are still some issues and work to be done, but everything considered, it has been a rather successful recovery effort. Here’s hoping for more recovery and less disaster for our county moving forward.

Later News

Another class of Western Illinois students made the trek from Macomb to Harrisburg last Friday (Oct. 18, 2013). They came in Thursday evening and stayed for one night. The Dorrisville Baptist Church was gracious enough to host the group of eight students for the night. The students came to the office with Professor Jack Rodilski around 8:00AM Friday morning for breakfast and to begin their day.

Western Illinois Students enjoying breakfast with the director.

Western Illinois Students enjoying breakfast with the director.

After breakfast, the students were treated to a presentation dealing with the Leap Day tornado. For about two hours the students listened and openly inquired about facts and issues stemming from that disaster and subsequent mitigation efforts. After which came lunch and a tour of the affected area, the office, and possible mitigation sites for hypothetical public shelters.
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Later News
On Wednesday September 25, SCEMA hosted an open house event at their temporary location on 402 Seright Street. This kind of event is just the first of its kind for the agency, which has announced intentions to make it either an annual or semi-annual occurrence. There were several attractions for visitors. People were treated to the chance to win a free NOAA Weather Radio via drawing. Weather radio programming was offered. Local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) leader David Johnson presented emergency preparedness advice along with his individual preparedness kit. SCEMA volunteer Gayland Grant set up his local communications operation for public viewing and illustrated its abilities for the public.

The American Red Cross was also present. They used their area to speak about ARC responses in the area over the last decade, preparedness, food safety, and volunteer registration. The American Red Cross is working on increasing its Saline County presence in lieu of the many recent disasters.

At 6:00PM, Bruce Tolley made a speech honoring ClearWave for all of the time, effort, space, and other donations the company had made on behalf of the County and the hosting agency. Mike Phalin, on behalf of ClearWave, accepted a Certificate of Appreciation from Bruce Tolley and Allan Ninness. Other notable attendees were Steve Galt, Gallatin Co. EMA, and Joe Miller, Massac Co. EMA.

Later News

The Saline County Emergency Management Agency went to Springfield between September 4th-6th. Springfield hosted the Illinois Emergency Management Conference at the Crown Plaza in Springfield and SCEMA sent four individuals to learn and represent the agency.

While at the conference, Director Allan Ninness, Casey Boone, William Karns, and Mark Mathews went to classes dedicated to numerous issues of safety and lectures about recent disasters. All in all, the four claimed it was a great experience.”
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The Saline County Emergency Management Agency visited Radio Shack in Harrisburg and spent the day offering free Weather Radio programming on August 1. This is the start of a hopefully long series of such stops where local businesses and SCEMA work together to make sure that the citizenry have ample time to be prepared and given the advanced warnings necessary to prepare for disasters. If you, representing a business or local group, would like for such an arrangement to be made, please contact us at our office via phone at 252-3732 or by e-mail at

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Amateur radio enthusiasts from Saline County descended upon the Harrisburg Park District on the 22nd of June this year. The gathering started with breakfast and lasted until the sun began to set. The Saline County Emergency Management Agency was on hand and represented not just by Director Allan Ninness, but also by many amateur radio users who volunteer for the agency. SCEMA utilized its Mobile Operations Center for the exercises. Curious about amateur radio and these kind of exercises? Check out the ARRL Field Day Flier .
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The Saline County Emergency Management Agency hosted the Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance at the temporary EOC located on Seright Street. At the urging of the long-term recovery group, STORM, the IDI sought to alleviate concerns over assumed improper insurance practices. Mark Terry, the gentleman obliging with the visit, met with citizens regarding issues with insurance coverages. Many had concerns about inappropriate actions taken by insurance companies at the expense of the citizens. He answered general questions and listened to every individual’s personal account.

If you or someone you know feels like they have an issue with improper insurance dealings, please notify call:

(866) 445-5364

or go online and visit:

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Director Allan Ninness was recently interviewed to discuss the feelings about the disaster one year ago and his professional feelings regarding what emergency managers feel when disaster strikes.

Late News

The Saline County Emergency Management Agency committed two of its staff to the Harrisburg Middle School 2nd Annual Health and Wealthness Fair. Mark Mathews and Brandon Culkin presided over the SCEMA table and spread the lesson of preparedness and knowledge. Students who visited the table could help themselves to information material, games, videos, and trivia. Doing well and illustrating the information they learned earned them candy. Students competed against each other during the twenty round trivia questionnaire where everyone had a chance to be a winner. Want to try your hand at the same activities SCEMA gave them? Try the links below
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