KEMA Awards 2010

KEMA Awards 2010

Outstanding Service Award is presented to individuals/groups inside or outside the Association, who have put forth significant effort either during a specified period of service, or for a specific action or accomplishment, which furthers the aim of the Association and is beyond mere performance of regular duties.

Nominees:
Butler County Sheriff’s Office
Topeka Office, National Weather Service
Emergency Communications Services, Johnson County

2010 Outstanding Service Award Recipients:
Butler County Sheriff’s Office
Since taking office after being elected in 2004, Sheriff Murphy made it a priority to involve his dept in training & coordinating with all local emergency responders. ICS/NIMS adopted from top down.

The Sheriff’s Office has been an active partner with Butler County Emergency Management. They are usually the first representatives in the Emergency Operations Center when it is activated and work with Emergency Management during incidents to solve the problem. They have representative on the Exercise Design Team and actively assist/participate in exercises.

The Sheriff’s Office has "adopted" the Butler County CERT and provided specialized training to CERT. which is utilized on many of their major criminal investigations. CERT provides scene monitoring, logging entry/exit from incident scenes and wide area evidence searches. They also assist in searches for lost/missing children and Alzheimer patients.  CERT has contributed countless hours to Butler County SO and this partnership has been featured in a National CERT Newsletter article.

The partnership between the Sheriff’s Office & Emergency Management has been valuable, with the participation, support & dedication exhibited by Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Topeka Office, National Weather Service (NWS TOP)
Throughout 2009-2010 NWS TOP provided significant support & effort before, during and after times of severe weather ranging from webinars, to outreach and requesting input from local emergency management.

NWS TOP was proactive approach to collaborating with emergency management include: Pre-impact & impact webinars and conference calls were conducted during the winter storms that affected Northeast Kansas.  Continuous updates to the NWS website including online weather briefings were vital to understanding the complex weather environment and maintaining open line of communication with emergency management during these events. NWS TOP received an 800 MHz radio from the region to assist in communications with the emergency managers during special events and severe weather.

NWSChat was introduced to the emergency managers with representatives from NWS TOP visiting local emergency managers on the phone or in person to ensure that all Northeast Kansas emergency managers had access to this system.

NWS TOP requested emergency management input ref 2010 Spotter Talks, including content, how advanced the presentation would be, safety/preparedness info to be shared, etc enhancing partnership between NWS & local Emergency Management.

NWS offered radar training for Northeast Kansas emergency managers to provide basic understanding of radar fundamentals & insight into new software product.

This year NWS worked hard to bring the Integrated Warning Team Workshop to Kansas. This workshop promotes team effort during events between NWS, Emergency Management & local media.

Emergency Communications Services, Johnson County
Emergency Communication Services (ECS) is the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) organization that serves and supports Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. Over the past year ECS provided 1,600 hrs of volunteer support to ensure the safety & awareness of the local community during emergency weather events.

The level of volunteerism & support is phenomenal and absolutely vital to the overall preparedness of Johnson County for the various types of severe weather threats.

These individuals leave their personal lives & family behind putting their own lives/property at risk to provide this valuable public safety service.
Collectively, they should be honored for their dedication & service.

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Life Member Awards are presented to members who have significantly contributed to the purposes of the association over a period of years.

Recipients:
Rita Hoffman, Johnson County Citizen Corps
Denzil McNeal, Rooks County Emergency Management
Gary Rogers, Cheyenne/Rawlins/Sherman County Emergency Management
Dean Speaks, Saline County Emergency Management

 

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Randy Reinecker Instructor of the Year Award is presented in recognition of an instructor who has performed exemplary service in providing emergency management related education and training programs.  This award was named after long time McPherson County Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Reinecker, one of the first local coordinators to provide training for Kansas Emergency Management and who traveled extensively throughout the State of Kansas training emergency managers and other emergency responders to better protect their communities and the State of Kansas.

Nominees:
Keith Haberer, Russell County Emergency Management
Toby Prine, Kansas Division of Emergency Management
Fred Rinne, Fredonia Regional Hospital

2010 Randy Reinecker Instructor of the Year Award Recipient:
Keith Haberer, Russell County Emergency Management
Instructed: ICS 300 and ICS 400, each class taught 4 times

Keith has been teaching emergency management courses since becoming Russell County Emergency Management Coordinator. His EMS background was the foundation for his instructional delivery.

He also uses experience from disaster deployments & previous disasters to integrate them into the course content, making them relevant to his students in Northwest Kansas. He seeks professional development activities to maintain current on latest issues/trends. He injects humor appropriately into his classes and creates a casual but productive learning environment.

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Leon H. Mannell Outstanding Emergency Management Support Professional Award is presented in recognition of an individual who provides critical support, or behind the scene services vital to the success of an Emergency Management organization, and that are above and beyond routine responsibilities.  This award was renamed the Leon H Mannell Award to honor a former RADEF Officer of the Kansas Division of Emergency Preparedness.

Nominees:
Keri Korthals, Butler County Emergency Management
Jim Shea, Johnson County Information Technology Services
Dean Speaks, Saline County Emergency Management

2010 Leon H Mannell Outstanding Emergency Management Support Professional Award Recipient:
Dean Speaks, Saline County Emergency Management
Dean was instrumental in developing the Resource Typing & Inventory (RTI) workbook to automatically type resources for Saline County. This workbook was adopted by KDEM as a standard for all counties as well as being shared with at least 13 other states. Dean was also involved in developing the Incident Command System (ICS) forms workbook that is now being used by countless emergency management offices and city/county/volunteer response agencies through Kansas and has been adopted as the official ICS forms for the Regional IMTs.  Other states have also requested the workbook.

These two workbooks save countless hours since they do a lot of the time- consuming work for us by automatically determining what FEMA type classification the resource is, providing a location to input other resources that have not been officially typed by FEMA and auto populating certain fields in the necessary ICS forms. Dean helped better the emergency management profession in Kansas as well as other states by his development of tools that make the job of emergency management easier and more streamlined.

He was an integral, proactive member of the emergency management community, always ready to help wherever needed, not only for Saline County but for anyone in the region and the state that needed help.

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Col Mahlon G Weed Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional Award is presented to an individual who has served 24 months or less in the position and has made specific accomplishments and/or improvements in the local program.  This award was renamed to honor Col Mahlon G Weed, former Deputy Director of Kansas Division of Emergency Preparedness.

Nominees:
Butch Post, Rooks County Emergency Management
Bill Schwindeman, Marshall County Emergency Management

2010 Col Mahlon G Weed Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional Award Recipient:
Butch Post, Rooks County Emergency Management
Butch started his emergency management career June 25, 2009 with Rooks County after continuing family tradition of fire service, following father into the fire service. He served as Chief of Plainville Fire Department prior to becoming the Rooks County Emergency Management Coordinator.
In the past year has dealt with major storms in Rooks County. April 1, 2010 Rooks County had an oil tank battery fire where he pulled double duty as Emergency Manager then Firefighter when 6 firefighters were injured. Butch completed the requirements and received his Kansas Certified Emergency Management (KCEM) Program certification within his 1st year.

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Owen U Turrentine Emergency Management Professional of the Year Award is presented in recognition of an Emergency Management professional and leader who exemplifies the ideals of professional public service and has met professional certification requirements.  This award was renamed to honor Owen U Turrentine, former operations coordinator with Kansas Division of Emergency Preparedness.

Nominees:
Bill Brubaker, Kansas Division of Emergency Management
Nick Crossley, Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Laurie Harrison, Riley County Emergency Management
Toby Prine, Kansas Division of Emergency Management

2010 Owen U Turrentine Award Recipients:
Bill Brubaker, KDEM
Bill began his Public Safety career in 1970, and since then has spent his time, emergency and efforts in preparing himself, his peers and the public for the next disaster. . Bill began his emergency management career as a firefighter for Lawrence Fire Department (LFD). He was instrumental in developing the LFD Community Services, Property Restoration & County Hazardous Materials (HazMat) programs. Bill moved up through the ranks serving in a variety of positions and command levels. His last position was training officer for LFD and he was also an instructor for KU Fire & Rescue Institute becoming a subject matter expert in HazMat, incident management, & citizen preparedness and instructing these classes throughout the State.
Bill has participated in numerous exercise design and emergency operations planning teams. As a Master Exercise Practitioner he has developed & delivered numerous exercises & scenarios.

In 2001 Bill retired from LFD and started working part time at Douglas County Emergency Management as Community Emergency Management Coordinator. He coordinated Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training & exercises that integrated with local responders.
He deployed to Hurricane Katrina response in Mississippi (one of the first teams) and has returned several times to instruct incident management to their State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at request of Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

He was hired as the Northeast Regional Homeland Security Coordinator for Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM).
Bill has participated in development of EMAC-A Team plan, IMT plan, KDEM COOP Plan, ESF#9 Annex, and SEOC Operating Plan. He has assumed responsibility for deployable resources in the State, including IMT and Kansas Search & Rescue Teams as well as statewide credentialing initiative.

Laurie Harrison, Riley County Emergency Management
Throughout Laurie Harrison’s career as an emergency manager, she has continuously gained a reputation for fairness, professionalism, and leadership.  She has diligently and selflessly served Riley County, the Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA) and her fellow emergency managers for 11 years, with 14 prior years of dispatch experience.  Through her affiliation with KEMA; Laurie has served as Northeast Regional Vice-President, KEMA President-elect, President, & Past-President.  She has also served on several committees (by-laws, conference, scholarship, etc.).  She has never hesitated to stand up for the interests of local emergency managers during her tenure, and she consistently and personally reaches out to assist any emergency manager in need of guidance or an extra hand. 

Laurie does not hesitate to assist others when the need arises and continues to serve on several committees and assists the KEMA Board to enhance relationships, opportunities, and work environment for the emergency managers of Kansas.

Laurie understands the importance of volunteers and works diligently to ensure the Riley County volunteers are trained and ready to for an all-hazards response.  She has also produced a presentation for first responders in order to enhance their understanding of the roles Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers play.  By fostering partnerships and utilizing volunteers, she has increased the effectiveness of disaster response within the community. 

Her dedication to the preparedness of citizens is seen through her promotion of severe weather classes, coordination of events to program weather radios, annual severe weather poster contest, and other events brought to her attention.  She goes above and beyond to provide information and opportunities to the community.

Laurie is a great example to new and veteran emergency managers alike as she exemplifies the ideals of professional public service and has shown great leadership throughout a variety of planned and unplanned events.  She truly is an asset to all Kansas emergency managers and to the citizens of Riley County.