FROM THE DIRECTOR
It’s spring and the sun is out. But what happens when the sun doesn’t shine? We here in the Ozarks are well aware that spring means all of these things, but spring also means severe weather. Not that we are immune to severe weather all year long, but it seems as if Mother Nature reserves her strongest wrath for those beautiful days of spring. I could insert a point about preparedness here, but let’s be honest, we’ve heard all of the preparedness sayings. We can quote “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” in our sleep. We know the rules and we know how to keep our families safe. But there is one thing we may not have considered. Are you an ambassador of preparedness? Do your friends and family know the rules? Do you share your knowledge about preparedness with them? It’s one thing to know something, it’s another thing to share something. The next time we experience a severe weather event, consider sharing preparedness info with those around you, whether through your social media pages, your extended family or your coworkers. The more people that get the message = the more people who may be able to survive the storm. #PreparednessIsForEveryone
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 promotes 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.
SAFE COMMUNITIES AMERICA ACCREDITATION
Springfield-Greene County received Safe Communities America accreditation in 2007. Awarded by the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Community Safety Promotion (WHOCCCSP) and the National Safety Council/Safe Communities America, Springfield- Greene County earned this designation due the region's commitment, innovative programs and community efforts to promote safety initiatives to prevent disabling accidents and needless deaths.