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Saline County Emergency Management Agency Participates in Illinois Emergency Management Agency Conference 2014

Director, Allan Ninness, and Administrative Assistant, Niki Trusty, of Saline County Emergency Management Agency were among over 1,200 attendees at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Conference 2014.

During the IEMA Conference, SCEMA staff attended various training classes, such as Commodity Flow Studies, Framework for CyberSecurity Awareness, Cyber SNAFUS & Public Safety, Social Media Panel Discussion, and A Practitioner’s Guide to Grant Writing. They also attended sessions discussing the response of the West, Texas Fertilizer Company Explosion (April 17, 2013) and the Washington, Illinois Tornado (November 17, 2013).

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National Weather Service Paducah, KY Open House: Save the Date

Take a peek inside the National Weather Service, where all of your forecasts, warnings, hydrological and climatological data originate. Tours will last approximately 20-25 minutes. Adults and kids welcome!


TIME: 900 AM TO 500 PM



August is School Preparedness Month!

It is time to review your Family Emergency and Communications Plan for the new school year. Emergencies and disasters can occur anywhere at anytime; even at schools during operating hours. Because schedules change this time of year, so do emergency plans. Make sure your children know what to do in the event of an emergency, and that you know their school’s or day care’s emergency plan, as well. 

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SCEMA participates in IEMA’s Volunteer and Donations Management Training

Illinois Emergency Management Agency conducted a class on Friday, July 18, 2014 to train individuals on Volunteer and Donations Management. Those attending the training were taught the basic guidelines to managing donations and volunteers during and after a disaster. Director, Allan Ninness, along with Niki Trusty represented Saline County Emergency Management Agency at the training that was held at Franklin Hospital in Benton, IL.

Saline County Emergency Management Agency Participates in Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition

Allan Ninness and Niki Trusty represented Saline County Emergency Management Agency in the Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition on July 15, 2014 located at The Marion Pavilion.

This organization operates to promote collaboration in disaster and emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. Various organizations participate in this program representing the interests of multiple disciplines in the emergency preparedness realm including but not limited to the healthcare system, public health, local business, public service, and safety.

Mission Statement

“The Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition (SPARC) mission is to develop and maintain an integrated, diverse network of organizations in Southern Illinois in order to increase planning, mitigation, response, recovery, and overall resiliency in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.”


Director, Allan Ninness, serves on the Executive Committee for the Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition in hopes to help better prepare our region for a disaster. The Executive Committee serves as the governing body of the coalition. Members of the Executive Committee are responsible for setting policy and procedures, providing fiscal management, and allocating funds and coalition resources.


Saline County Emergency Management Agency attends West Side School Event

Saline County Emergency Management Agency joined the West Side Elementary School students on their last day of school on Monday. During the event, Director, Allan Ninness, explained to Kindergarten through Second Grade students the importance of and the role of emergency management. The children were able to explore our Mobile Operations Center to touch a tabletop tornado that was demonstrated by SCEMA. Accompanying Ninness was SCEMA Staff Members Gayland Grant, with a HAM radio display, and Niki Trusty.Saline County Emergency Management Agency would like to thank the faculty and staff of West Side School for allowing us to come in and teach the children about emergency management, as well as the students for their participation in asking great questions.


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Saline County Emergency Management Office Relocates

The Saline County Emergency Management Agency would like to announce that we have moved back to the basement of the Courthouse. The generosity that we have received from Clearwave for allowing us to stay rent-free in their office space for two years is indescribable, and we are extremely appreciative. However, our stay there is over as they are needing that space for other purposes. We would like to take this time to also thank Elder Peterson and Elder Womack who are missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for all of their help with our move, as well as EMA Staff Members Casey Boone, David Johnson, and Ryan and Niki Trusty.


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FEMA Awards $676,740 Grant to Saline County

Hazard mitigation funds will be used to acquire and demolish 9 flood prone structures

CHICAGO –The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $676,740 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to Saline County, Ill., for the acquisition and demolition of eight residential structures and one commercial structure located in the floodplain. Following demolition, these properties will be maintained as permanent open space in the community.

“The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program enables communities to implement critical mitigation measures to reduce the risk of loss of life and property,” said FEMA Region V Administrator Andrew Velasquez III. “The acquisition and demolition of these structures permanently removes them from the floodplain and greatly reduces the financial impact on individuals and the community when future flooding occurs in this area.

“Approval of this grant is good news for residents who have been hit by flooding many times in the past,” said Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. “The grant will enable them to move to higher ground and avoid future heartache and property losses.”

HMGP provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Through HMGP, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the $902,320 eligible project cost. The remaining 25 percent of the funds, $225,580, will be provided by Saline County.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.


May 7, 2014


Media Contact:

Cassie Ringsdorf, (312) 408-4455

SCEMA participates in Harrisburg Middle School 3rd Annual Health, Wellness, & Safety Fair

Saline County Emergency Management Agency participated in the Harrisburg Middle School 3rd Annual Health, Wellness, & Safety Fair on May 2, 2014. We had some games, a weather radio displayed, emergency supply lists, and information available for the kids, and discussed the importance of being prepared for a disaster and having a plan. Special thanks goes out to Gayland W Grant and Roy & Toby Ann Sursa for donating their time to talk to the kids. Gayland set up a HAM radio station that the kids really seemed to enjoy. It was a great opportunity, and we look forward to bringing sharing more about preparedness with our local schools!

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LEPC Tabletop Exercise: HAZMAT Response 4/17/14

The Saline County Emergency Management Agency hosted a Local Emergency Planning Committee Tabletop Exercise on April 17, 2014. During this exercise, we reviewed a Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) scenario. We will be using this exercise, as well as the information and ideas that we have received from various LEPC members to update and advance in our HAZMAT Disaster Plan. Saline County Emergency Management Agency appreciates the participation of the attendees from various departments.

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