September 1, 2021
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Letter from the President
The year 2020 brought us many changes – public health, emergency management, healthcare facilities, education, and others faced challenges that were mostly unthought of in our lifetime. In the midst of the pandemic, even the Missouri Emergency Management Association underwent drastic changes. In February, before we knew the Pandemic had crossed to our shores, former President Chet Hunter resigned from his position with MOEMA to undertake his new role as the Region 7 Vice President for IAEM, an amazing accomplishment! With his departure, then Vice President Troy Armstrong took the helm of MOEMA, bringing me on board as the Interim Vice President. Unfortunately, Troy departed the organization in August to pursue an employment opportunity outside of Missouri. Those were rapid changes in a matter of only a few months, but other key losses on the Board of Directors happened with the resignations of Les Boatright, who oversaw the MOCEM Committee, and Bonnie Witt-Shulte, our long-standing Treasurer.
All of those changes, and the feeling of being on our 549th consecutive Monday since many of us started pandemic activities, have left the organization in a position of struggling. As the interim president for the past year, the struggles of the organization fall solely with me. The difficulties we have had with the renewal and issuance of memberships, the problems with the MOCEM process and approval, and the updating of our web presence are all issues I am aware of and am working with our Board of Directors on resolving.
I want to thank everyone; for your patience, for your expertise, and most of all for your dedication over the past 20 or so months. I promise you that I will do my best to lead MOEMA forward and get our feet back under us. I am blessed to volunteer with an amazing Board of Directors who care about the emergency managers across the state and our partners. Together, we are the voice of Emergency Management. ~Chris Blomgren, Clark County EMD
Region A Updates
· Region A Urban (RAU) is very engaged in COVID-19 response operations.
a. Vaccination outreach efforts and the resumption of an emphasis on COVID-19 testing continues across the Urban Region A.
b. The Urban Region A Multi-Agency Coordination System (MACS) and the MACG (unified command) continue COVID-19 response and recovery operations.
c. The RAU Health Care Coalition and the MACS are closely monitoring hospital staffing shortages, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed usage, new COVID-19 cases, COVID-19 deaths, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) availability and distribution.
The RAU Metropolitan Emergency Manager Committee (MEMC) in concert with the Greater Kansas City Mid-America Regional Council (MARC GKC) is supporting the following operations:
b. Vaccine Outreach and Testing
c. Recovery operations
d. Homeless and Access and Functional Needs Populations
Region D Updates
As of the first of July, southwest Missouri has been experiencing the worst COVID spike since the beginning of the pandemic. Many of our jurisdictions have been fully engaged in responding to their community’s needs. Finally, after almost eight weeks, communities in Region D are seeing community COVID numbers fall back down to pre-spike levels. Since the spike began, several emergency management programs elevated their EOC activation levels, the region activated their Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC), submitted numerous requests for resources to SEMA, and received state, EMAC and Federal assistance in order to maintain positive momentum for their communities.
Region F Updates
Region F completed the IPPW (Integrated Planning and Preparedness Workshop) on August 5th and the region is currently in the process of selecting the training classes within the Region for 2022. As with other Regions' local fairs and community events have been keeping many of the EMDs busy as they provide support for these events. COVID continues to be an issue for most of the Region as many EMDs are working with their local Public Health Officials in preparation for booster vaccination clinics. There is a great concern within the Region regarding EMPG funding as personnel costs continue to increase local Emergency Management Agencies will suffer severe cuts if State and Federal funding is decreased. Region F would like to welcome Sam Henley as the new Director for Camden County Emergency Management and Deputy Director Carl Donaldson was recently hired as Deputy Director at Audrain County Emergency Management.
Region D Updates
The NW Region H Health Care Coalition worked to stand up a Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Clinic at the old Cameron Mutual building located at 214 McElwain Dr. in Cameron beginning tomorrow 8/25/21. This clinic is scheduled to operate for 30 days but may be extended as patient demand dictates.
A FEMA EMS Strike Force has been located in St. Joseph to support COVID response in Region H.
The Region H RHSOC meet to fund four projects related to our FY2021 Applications: Annual renewal of BCSD Communications Vehicle, Region H Salamander Maintenance Renewal & Supplies; St. Joseph Emergency Management Incident Support Trailer Project and partial funding of a 70KW portable generator for Caldwell County EMA. All projects were based on estimated funding.
The Different Branches of the Region H Homeland Security Response Team are preparing for our October Full Scale Graded Exercise related to the Cooper Nuclear Plant near Brownville, Nebraska. If there was to be a radioactive release at the plant the people from Rock Port and Atchison County would self-evacuate to NWMSU in Maryville, where they will be deconned and sheltered by the Region H Team and the American Red Cross.
Call for Applicants – The State of Missouri has opened the position for REGION D COORDINATOR for applications. Strong EM Practitioners are strongly encouraged to apply!
MO CEM Update
MOEMA Membership 2021 – UPDATE!
Membership is open to anyone involved in emergency preparedness or response activities. Individuals with local, county, state, and federal government agencies, education, business and industry, and volunteer organizations are eligible to join or have an emergency management history. MOEMA’s strength relies on a broad-based membership of individuals dedicated to emergency preparedness. Because of the craziness of the past 18 months, we are asking past, present, and future members to be patient with us as we reestablish the processing portal. Details to come next month!
Respond here à http://www.missouriema.com/en/membership
Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Sunday afternoon with devastating consequences. Ida has been downgraded to a tropical storm but will continue to bring life-threatening flash, urban, and river flooding to communities throughout the mid-Atlantic over the coming days.
Members of the Missouri Red Cross, multiple electrical CO-OPS, Missouri Task Force-1, and other VOAD responders have deployed and are operating in the Gulf Coast Region
Training Across the Region
In-person classes are occurring through the state, organized by the MERC, SEMA and MUFRTI.
Emergency Management Employment Opportunities:
Read more here à https://jobs.iaem.com/
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