Bernie Emergency Management Agency
Missouri Stoddard County
Phone: 573-293-3100 Cell:
The NOAA Weather Satellite is one of the resources used to monitor weather conditions.
Other Web Sites of Interest:
State SEMA Home Page http://sema.dps.mo.gov/semapage.htm
Federal FEMA Home Page http://www.fema.gov/
Home Land Security Page http://www.dps.mo.gov/HomelandSecurity/index.htm
Local Weather http://weather.gov/
Bernie EMA Working to Educate the Public:
The Bernie EMA strives to educate the public on emergency preparedness. In November a Pandemic Flu Seminar was held in the Bernie Community Center, and in February there is a seminar planned on earthquake preparedness. Future plans are underway on such topics as mitigation, Cold/Hot weather, and Tornado preparedness.
The Pandemic Flu Seminar was one of several informational meetings scheduled to educate the public on emergency preparedness.
The mission of the Bernie Emergency Management Agency is to provide public safety, public trust, and to support emergency responders and our citizens in their efforts to prepare for, respond to, and recover from, emergencies and disasters.
Our primary focus is to maintain an approach to emergency preparedness, to ensure that we are prepared and able to respond quickly and efficiently regardless of any disaster we may face.
Under the Department of Homeland Security , the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is lead agency for emergency management. The United States and its territories are covered by one of ten regions for FEMAís emergency management purposes. Tribal, state, county and local governments develop emergency management programs/departments and operate hierarchically within each region. Emergencies are managed at the most-local level possible, utilizing mutual aid agreements with adjacent jurisdictions. If the emergency is terrorist related or if declared an "Incident of National Significance", the Secretary of Homeland Security will initiate the National Response Framework (NRF). Under this plan the involvement of federal resources will be made possible, integrating in with the local, county, state, or tribal entities. Management will continue to be handled at the lowest possible level utilizing the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
The Community Center will house the City Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EMA and EOC will be located in the S.E. corner of the Centerís basement. The majority of the time the Community Center will be utilized as a place for the public to hold meetings, activities and walk during the day. During an emergency, the main area of the Community Center may be converted into an annex of the emergency operations center, serving as the hub for emergency personnel. The area will possibility house volunteers that will be used to work any disaster that may occur within the city or county. The process of emergency management involves four phases: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Mitigation efforts attempt to prevent hazards from developing into disasters altogether, or to reduce the effects of disasters when they occur. The mitigation phase differs from the other phases because it focuses on long-term measures for reducing or eliminating risk.
In the preparedness phase, emergency managers develop plans of action for when the disaster strikes.
The response phase includes the mobilization of the necessary emergency services and first responders in the disaster area. This is likely to include a first wave of core emergency services, such as firefighters, police and ambulance crews. They may be supported by a number of secondary emergency services, such as specialist rescue teams.
The aim of the recovery phase is to restore the affected area to its previous state. It differs from the response phase in its focus; recovery efforts are concerned with issues and decisions that must be made after immediate needs are addressed.
A Local Emergency Planning Committee oversees and administers the Citizen Corps Council through their Education and Training Committee. The Local Emergency Planning Committee is composed of representatives of various Police, Fire, EMS, Hospitals, Public Health, Private Industry, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Military, Coast Guard, RACES Radio, Colleges, Private Ambulance Services, Offices of Emergency Management, and the Public. The Director or a member of the Bernie EMA will be a member of the local LEPC.