KEMA Awards 2011

KEMA Awards 2011

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.

2011 Nominations for Outstanding Service were:
Andy Baily, National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill Office
Beth Hecht, K-State Research & Extension
W Brock Lowman, BNSF Railway
Brian Short & Matt May, Hamclass.org

2011 Outstanding Service Award Winner:
Beth Hecht, K-State Research & Extension

In the winter of 2011 Leavenworth County Emergency Management Director Chuck Magaha approached the K-State Extension after members of the Leavenworth County 4-H Tech Team requested help in a livestock foreign disease emergency preparation Geographic Information System (GIS) project.  The animal bio-security project would identify locations of concentrated (100 or more) cloven hoofed animals such as buffalo herds (only a limited number identified in the Plan). The main purpose of the 4-H project was to help efficiently prepare Leavenworth County in case of a foot and mouth disease, or similar outbreak.

The 4-H youth, age 8 to 15 years old became official volunteers for Leavenworth County and were provided with personal photo ID badges, which they used as they approached the local farmers and collected information about their cloven hoofed animals.

Mrs. Hecht divided up areas of the county for the 4-H members to collect the data. Members inquired about the amount of cloven hoofed animals owned, or land rented. Growers were also asked about any location changes of the animals within the past year. Most farmers were receptive to assisting the team when members explained the importance of the project and data collection.

4-H Tech Team members gave a presentation a local Co-Op meeting explaining the project, the county’s intentions and how the project benefited the farmers and the community. After the meeting the team received additional useful data that was used in the team’s GIS map. The team created an Excel spreadsheet with the data collected and using Arc Map 9.3 was exported into a shape file.

The information gathered from this project will be placed in the Leavenworth County Emergency Operations Plan under the Foreign Animal Disease Plan Annex allowing for a better response to such an incident. Information will also be available to any responder to better prepare and plan for other activities such as movement of animals and evacuation routes available.

The State of Kansas is excited to see the results of this project since the only record of animals they have are either registered breeds or large growers. Small growers would be difficult to obtain in a timely manner.  The 4-H tech team was a great resource for Leavenworth County, and the State of Kansas. This project is a model for the rest of the State and the project took second place in Best Student Presentation at the ESRI International Users Conference in San Diego, California.

View a list of past Outstanding Service Award winners here.

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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.

2011 Life Member Award Recipients:
Mike Loreg, State & Local Emergency Management Consultants, LLC
Chuck Magaha, Leavenworth County Emergency Management

Mike Loreg, SLEMC
Mike has twenty-seven (27) years of experience in emergency services/public service, including emergency management, EMS, fire fighter, deputy sheriff and currently the Mayor for the City of Attica. Mike was the Harper County Emergency Management Director from 1998-2011. During that time he coordinated response and recovery efforts for three (3) train derailments, one which resulted in a large hazardous materials release; ten (10) winter storms; twelve (12) floods; three (3) major ice storms, twenty-three (23) tornadoes and numerous severe thunderstorm/hail events. Mike responded to the Hoisington Tornado, deployed as part of the 2004 Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) response to Florida after Hurricanes Charlie and Frances, deployed in 2005 EMAC response to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, as well as being deployed for the 2007 Greensburg Tornado and 2007 Flooding in Coffeyville. Mike is a current member of the South Central Incident Management Team (IMT). Mike is active in KEMA and was the 2004 Owen U Turrentine Emergency Management Professional of the Year.

Chuck Magaha, Leavenworth County Emergency Management
Chuck began his career in emergency management in 1988 and has been a vital member of KEMA since that time. He has been involved on the KEMA Board since 1989, serving as North East Vice-President and KEMA President (President-elect, President, and Past President) three times. Chuck has also been an instructor for the Training Cadre since 1996. He is a member of the Metro Incident Management Team (IMT) and has been deployed to Reading, Greensburg and Montgomery County. He has served on many KEMA Committees and was instigative of the Strategic Plan, which is nearing completion and will provide guidance to our organization in the future.

View a list of past Life Member Award winners here.

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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.

2011 Nominees:
Adam Crowe, Johnson County Emergency Management
Vaughn Lorenson, Stanton County Emergency Management
Dustin Nichols, Shawnee County Emergency Management
Toby Prine, Kansas Division of Emergency Management

2011 Randy Reinecker Instructor of the Year Award Winners:
Vaughn Lorenson, Stanton County Emergency Management
Instructed: Proper Search & Rescue Markings to local fire department, ICS 300 two times and ICS 400 three times.

Vaughn has been very dedicated in helping our region and others in getting our communities better prepared by sharing his knowledge, training and experience. Vaughn, with the support of his county, has been able to go and instruct Incident Command System (ICS) training when needed and/or requested.  Vaughn is a professional, always prepares his presentations for his audience, and will instruct classes when asked.

Toby Prine, Kansas Division of Emergency Management
Instructed: ICS 300 four times and ICS 400 three times.

Toby has instructed ICS classes when requested. Many times he is requested to instruct the ICS 400 class after instructing the ICS 300 class. Some comments about Toby as an instructor include “Toby loves teaching this stuff”, “He’s in the zone”, “Man, he not only knows this stuff through and through, he lives it, breathes it and actually uses it.”  Toby makes it a point to schedule his classes around the schedule of the students, not just Monday-Friday 8-5. He even instructed a class one weekend while he was sick and had no one to replace him on the first day.  Toby’s classes are always lively with great questions and discussions to go beyond the material and get to the heart of what the students need to be better prepared.

View a list of past Instructor of the Year Award winners here.

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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.

2011 Nominees:
Scott Briggs, Lyon County Board of County Commission
Cindy Gibson, Wyandotte County Emergency Management
Randy Krug, Russell Rotary
James Neese, Butler County Strategic Communications Department
Amber Presley, Coffey County Emergency Management
Jim Shea, Johnson County Information Technology Services

2011 Leon H Mannell Outstanding Emergency Management Support Professional Award Winner:
James Neese, Butler County Strategic Communications Department

James Neese, a down home, easy going, North Carolinian came to Butler County to carry out one the most daunting tasks ever undertaken by the county, the development of a comprehensive emergency communications plan and the countywide implementation of that plan.  Jim’s first experience with the county was as part of the consulting team hired to develop that plan.  Jim’s ability to transcend the political and jurisdictional morass and reach consensus on critical issues as well as his common sense approach to problem solving and years of experience in communications systems, among other attributes, impressed the county and emergency services community. He was brought on board to head the new department responsible for designing and implementing the system recommended by the consulting team. He wasted no time in pressing forward to deliver an interoperable and user friendly system with multiple layers of redundancy to mitigate failure. Jim always considered Emergency Management as his best working partnership, never making a critical decision without their input, including making it a priority to provide their NWS partner with a portable radio. Butler County now enjoys a communications system that allows them to communicate with virtually anyone in emergency services, public works, public health, local industry responders, and state & federal resources. Jim also designed into the system a means to enhance the signal strength of the state system from El Dorado to Emporia along the KTA (Kansas Turnpike). The inclusion of responders operating on the state system eliminated a number of dead zones that previously existed.

View a list of past Outstanding Emergency Management Support Professional Award winners here.

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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.

2011 Nominees:
Debra Maney, Johnson County Emergency Management
Ryan Murray, Rawlins/Sherman/Cheyenne County Emergency Management
Ross Olson, Morris County Emergency Management
Todd Strain, Reno County Emergency Management

2011 Col Mahlon G Weed Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional Award Wnner:
Ryan Murray, Rawlins/Sherman/Cheyenne County Emergency Management

Ryan has had a very “interesting” first year as an emergency manager. Not only having the added responsibilities of taking care of three counties at once with the usual weather related incidents (winter weather that closed down I-70 and severe weather including tornadoes), he had to deal with the fire at the St Francis nursing home. The fire was bad enough that the home was closed for several months for repairs. Due to the location of St Francis the residents were evacuated to several neighboring towns, which included in two neighboring states. Ryan also dealt with a grain bin fire this past year. Ryan has shown unflappable strength and determination in managing those incidents. He actively participates in training and exercises, not just in his three counties, but in the region as well and is a valuable member of the North West Regional Council.

View a list of past Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional Award winners here.

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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.

2011 Nominees:
Don Button, Grant County Emergency Management
Rick Frevert, Lyon County Emergency Management
Toby Prine, Kansas Division of Emergency Management
Brian Stone, Cowley County Emergency Management

2011 Owen U Turrentine Emergency Management Professional of the Year Award Winner:
Brian Stone, Cowley County Emergency Management

Brian has been the Cowley County Emergency Management Director for nine (9) years. During that time he has served tirelessly both for his county and supporting & representing emergency management throughout the region and state. He has been on the South Central Regional Homeland Security Council since 2006, the South Central Regional Incident Management Team (IMT) since 2007, has been the South Central KEMA Regional Vice President since 2009, and has been a very active KEMA Board Member.

Brian supports and embodies the KEMA missions and values which are “A network of leaders dedicated to providing excellence in emergency management for Kansas whose values are Professionalism, Teamwork, Responsiveness and Leadership.”  Whether hosting or participating in training classes and exercises, conducting meetings or being a voice for KEMA Brian does all of it in a professional, positive manner.

The South Central KEMA Region is well informed and represented by Brian. He keeps everyone updated, passes along information, and quickly addresses any concerns that may arise. He is truly a respected leader in his community as well as statewide. Brian encourages growth and supports other emergency managers continually providing encouragement and guidance. Recently Brian made these attributes clear as he visited new emergency managers in Harper and Marion Counties to provide guidance, direction, and support to start their professional growth. He also deployed to Elwood in support of their flood fight operations.

View a list of past EM Professional of the Year Award winners here.

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The Honorary Membership Award: Is for any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the purposes of the Association may be chosen as an honorary member. The Honorary Membership Award is aimed at persons outside the Association who have aided or served the association in some outstanding manner.

View a list of honorary members here.