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October 13, 2021

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Letter from the President

What is Fall?

For some, it is crisper mornings, changing leaves, or the sounds of football in the air.  Fall is a season of change, but even amongst that change, Emergency Managers and First Responders at all levels remain steadfast in their service to the communities they represent.  

We're in our 20th month of COVID response, or as I like to say, our 591st consecutive Monday. We have lost professional and personal connections to burnout, job changes, COVID, moves, and more.  Some of those losses are permanent, some are temporary, but many of us still fight the good fight, as they say, some of us changed the fight we are in.  Regardless of where we are, we have a network that spans the state, even the country, of professionals fighting the same battles.

As a retired combat veteran who has had his battles with PTSD and depression, I have learned having people at your side, supporting you, is important.   That goes for first responders, public health folks, Healthcare providers, and even us in Emergency Management.   As we enter the season of change, and especially as the holidays lurk just over the horizon, take a moment to reach out to your connections and check on them, and more importantly, reach out if you're in need of support.  We are all one big dysfunctional family. I hope to keep everyone reading this around for a long time coming.

In service,

Chris Blomgren 

Interim President, MOEMA

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Region A Updates

For more information regarding Region A activities, contact Dante Gliniecki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Region B Updates

For more information regarding Region B activities, contact John Hark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Region C Updates

Region C continues to coordinate and support vaccination efforts throughout the region. Recently we had our first SEMA Region C meeting with the new Urban Coordinator, Billy Chambers. 

 

In addition to vaccine support, the St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management supported planning and operations for the Senior PGA tournament, as well as coordinating County support (housing, medical services, and transportation) for the International Institute of St Louis, which has responsibility for welcoming up to 1,000 Afghan refugees into our area.  

Michele Ryan, Director of St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management, stated that “I do want to express my gratitude to all of my surrounding EMs in Region C.  During the COVID-19 response, we maintained an unprecedented level of collaboration and communication and I believe that it made all of our jobs easier, or at least less painful.  My sincerest hope out of COVID-19 is that this cooperation and two-way communication continues for the benefit of all of our citizens.”  

 

Missouri Region C Incident Support Team was deployed to Louisiana to assist with recovery efforts after Hurricane Ida. 

Washington University in St. Louis, in coordination with Missouri DHSS, is piloting a smartphone system for the university community that can anonymously alert users when they have been near another user who has tested positive for COVID-19. The system is called MO/Notify; to read more click here

For more information regarding Region C activities, contact Anna Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Region D Updates

For more information regarding Region D activities, contact Larry Woods at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Region E Updates

For more information regarding Region E activities, contact Robbie Myer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Region F Updates

For more information regarding Region F activities, contact Michelle Kidwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Region G Updates

For more information regarding Region G activities, contact Mark Arnold at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Region H Updates

For more information regarding Region H activities, contact Bill Brinton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Region I Updates

For more information regarding Region I activities, contact Brad Woods at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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!

Read More Here 🡪 https://mocareers.mo.gov/hiretrue/ce3/job-board/5effe9b2-4b89-494b-ac76-c45e25190768/cc07adcb-9faf-4269-a18d-585d3881cbe7?jb=true 

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MO CEM Update

In the last year, anyone who has had a MoCEM application pending can tell you, there have been problems.  Many applications have been delayed or even (in some cases) been lost.  I want to assure you that the Board understands that there have been issues and we’ve been working tirelessly to correct them as quickly as possible.  As part of that, I’ve been asked by the President to help get things back on track and moving forward with our Certification program and process.

The first step in that is that I’m the current point of contact for MoCEM applications.  Any questions, concerns, or comments can be directed to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and I’ll get them handled directly and as quickly as I’m able.

In that role, I’ve asked the board permission to make some temporary changes to correct some of the outstanding issues.  First, we are going to move to a real-time review of new or renewal applications rather than the previous quarterly reviews.  This is in order to catch up with, or even get ahead of incoming applications.  We’ve learned that there were some applications that were outstanding for many months without a response, and we don’t want to make anyone wait any longer than is absolutely needed.  As a result, we’re going to accept applications at any time, with the intention of getting them reviewed and response back regarding them within 60 days of being received.  If anyone has an application outstanding longer than that, contact me at the above address and I’ll fix the problem for you.

Next, we’re going to request that the primary method of submitting applications be electronic, via email.  This prevents delays and provides easy tracking of when applications are received.  Currently, we want all applications to be sent to me at the above email, as we as to the President, Christopher Blomgren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are working towards creating a single email address to receive these where all of the reviewing panel has access to, and that isn’t tied to a single person should that person leave the board for whatever reason.

Finally, we’d love to have some additional reviewers.  Anyone interested in becoming a MoCEM reviewer, please contact me or the President.

We’re working on making the process faster, smoother, more modern, and more professional.  We appreciate your understanding, cooperation, and assistance in this task.

Geoff Hinkle

Planner, Emergency Preparedness

Independence, MO

Board Member at Large

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 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 🡪 http://www.missouriema.com/en/membership 

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MOEMA Scholarship Award – Fall 2021

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Fall 2021 MOEMA Scholarship at Drury University is David Berry. David is a senior emergency management major and has served as a law enforcement officer for 27 years. He is currently employed by the City of Olivette Police Department in Saint Louis County. 

Jeff Gouge has been the MOEMA’s point of contact for several years, but he is retiring, sadly. He tells me that Drury funds the fall scholarship of $500, and MOEMA funds the spring scholarship of $500. We will reach out when it’s time in the spring. Let us know if anything has changed in that regard. Tranna Shaughnessy, our Springfield area recruitment lead, will be your new point of contact at Drury. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and her office phone is 417-873-7514. Of course, I’m here as well, and our program leads, Ryan Nicholls and Ty Davisson are also wonderfully knowledgeable about our degree programs and students. 

We would love to help you, your employees, your children and grandchildren, and anyone in your sphere of influence explores the excellent degree and certificate programs available at Drury! Specific to emergency management, we offer an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in emergency management, and a master’s in public safety and service leadership

We are thankful for our MOEMA-Drury partnership and look forward to many more collaborative efforts in the years ahead. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely, 

Sarah Thornton, Ed.D. 

Director of Academic and Student Affairs, Drury GO

College of Continuing Professional Studies

Drury University

417-873-7502

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Training Across the Region

Homeland Security Partners,

The FBI is offering training opportunities in reference to the STALO Training Program and Chemical Industry Outreach Workshop (CIOW).  To register, please click the registration links within the attached documents.

The STALO program is a WMD First Responder Federal, State, and Local Training Program.  A forum in which first responders can exchange information and establish a relationship ahead of a WMD response.  Providing WMD training to domestic law enforcement and first responder agencies has been critical to the success of WMDD and has significantly expanded the capacity for prevention.  It will be held at the Springfield Regional Police & Fire Training Center from November 2-3, 2021.  No cost to attend.

The FBI Chemical Industry Outreach Workshop is open to chemical industry organizations to include manufacturing, supply, transportation, security and research professionals, first responders, fire, law enforcement, bomb technicians, and government officials.  The workshop will be held at the Springfield Regional Police & Fire Training Center on November 4, 2021.  No cost to attend.

To register:  https://forms.fbi.gov/stalo-workshop-kansas-city

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L967:All-Hazards Position Specific Logistics Section Chief (LSC) Course- Riverside, Missouri

Date:  Monday, December 6- Friday, December  10, 2021, at Riverside, MO

8:15 a.m. check-in, / 8:30 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m. each day (lunch on your own)

Location:

Riverside, MO 64150

Course Description: This course provides local and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Logistics Section Chief on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). These responsibilities fall into two categories: responding to the incident and effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of a Logistics Section Chief on an AHIMT. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable participants to process and apply their new knowledge. The learner must achieve a minimum passing score of 75% on final knowledge assessments or demonstrate mastery on performance assessments or research assignments to earn the IACET CEU.

REQUIRED Prerequisites: E/G0300, ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents; G0400, ICS -400: Advanced Incident Command System for Command and General Staff— Complex Incidents; IS- 0100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100; IS-0200.b, Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents; IS- 0700.a National Incident Management System, An Introduction; and IS-0800.b, National Response Framework, An Introduction.  

COURSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Your registration is not complete unless we have your completed FEMA 119- 25-1 Application Form.  Please fill in blanks #1 - 22 b. Include your FEMA Student Identification (SID) number (#3). To create or retrieve your SID number visit: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/. Be sure to include your signature (#21), and the signature of your supervisor (#22a). If you are registering outside of the Kansas City metropolitan area (Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Ray counties in Missouri and Leavenworth, Johnson, Miami, and Wyandotte counties in Kansas area), please submit the Course Application to your State Training Officer:

Missouri- Laura Norris

Kansas- Mark Willis

Travel costs are not reimbursed.

Priority registration is reserved for emergency services personnel in the nine-county Kansas City metropolitan area: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Ray counties in Missouri and Leavenworth, Johnson, Miami, and Wyandotte counties in the Kansas area. There is no cost to attend.

Course is limited to 25 participants.

To apply, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 816-701-8392.

Submit completed signed applications to Lisa Elsas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Applicants will be notified by MARC when their registration is confirmed.

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In-person classes are occurring through the state, organized by the MERC, SEMA and MUFRTI.

Read more here 🡪 https://sematraining.com/
https://extension.missouri.edu/events?programs=MU%20Fire%20and%20Rescue%20Training%20Institute&schedulable_event=No

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Emergency Management Employment Opportunities:

 Read more here 🡪 https://jobs.iaem.com/ 

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8508787 

 

Website: https://www.missouriema.com (The site is being updated regularly.  Please check the pages to see if we need things from you i.e. bio for the board member page, photos from around the state for new graphics, events for the calendar, etc.  We want to stay relevant for our members!

 

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