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.

 

Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 22-28

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
Lightning Safety Awareness Week is  June 22-28, 2014. Learn more at www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov or
http://iema.illinois.gov/publications/pdf/Lightning_Safety_Awareness_Guidebook.pdf

NO PLACE OUTSIDE IS SAFE NEAR A THUNDERSTORM! When you hear thunder, go inside a substantial building or a vehicle with a metal roof and metal sides and stay inside for 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder. If you are caught outside, avoid open areas and never stand under a tall, isolated tree. Learn more at www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
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Lightning kills over 50 people in the US each year and injures hundreds more. Don’t be one of them. When you hear thunder, immediately seek safe shelter in a substantial building or vehicle with a metal top and sides. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors… and stay inside for 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder. Learn more at www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
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Thunder is natures early warning sign for lightning. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike and you need to immediately need to seek safe shelter in a substantial building or a vehicle with a metal top and side. Stay inside 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. Learn more at www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
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When you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike:

Seek shelter immediately in a substantial building but stay away from corded telephones, electrical appliances, and plumbing.
The second safest place is a vehicle with a metal roof and metal sides.
If you are caught outside, stay away from open areas and water. Never stand under a tall, isolated tree.
Lightning victims are safe to touch. If someone is unresponsive or not breathing, immediately call 9-1-1 and do CPR.

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.

 

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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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New SCEMA Web Page

LOGO Twitter Profile

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Nick Hyatt and Steven Mark Mathews we now have a new mobile friendly web presence.

Good work!

SCEMA to host NWS Spotter Training

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NWS Spotter Training

Monday March 24, 2014 – 6:30PM

Southeastern Illinois College – Room B-137 (Private Dining Room) 

3575 College Road, Harrisburg, IL 62946

 

The National Weather Service relies on trained volunteers to supplement
doppler radar information on severe storms and tornadoes. These
dedicated individuals volunteer many hours of their time to learn about
and detect severe weather. Their valuable cooperation is important in
the warning process. Weather reports from trained spotters are used
along with doppler radar data to issue warnings of tornadoes, severe
thunderstorms, and flash floods.

These classes are free of charge and are open to anyone who has an
interest in severe weather and/or public service. The objective of the
training is to provide the knowledge to identify and report key severe
weather features.

The classes are about 2 to 3 hours in length. All course materials are
provided, and a certificate of completion will be given at the end of
each class.

For more information contact:

Allan C. Ninness, Director
Saline County Emergency Management Agency
618-252-3732
ema@salinecounty.illinois.gov