Friday, December 21, 2012

To our many Friends during this holiday season--

Though we may celebrate differently, our wish to all is the same...

     Health, Happiness and A Joyful Celebration of that which you embrace.


Mid-South VOAD

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Many thanks to all of you who attended our Fall Meeting.  Mary Claire welcomed attendees and introductions were made.  This was followed by a discussion regarding our VOAD's need to reorganize in order to fulfill disaster-related community responsibilities.  Going forward we will reach out to reengage inactive members and seek new members as well.   Homework assignment was given out which was for each of us to submit 3-5 observations relative to previous disaster experience for us to draw upon to address strengths and weaknesses.

The next full membership meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 9:00 A.M.  The location to be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Shelby County Office of Preparedness Monitoring Remnants of Isaac

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Shelby County Office of Preparedness is diligently monitoring the remnants of what is now Tropical Depression Isaac as it moves across the Mid-South.  In the event we experience a severe weather outbreak in the Shelby County area, the Shelby County Office of Preparedness will activate the Emergency Operation Center.
Posted Friday, August 31, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


The Shelby County Office of Preparedness dedicated its new Emergency Operations Center and offices on Friday, August 17, 2012.  The Center is located in the old Shelby County Hospital, 1075 Mullins Station Road, in East Memphis.
The new Center has state-of-the-art technologies installed that will enable emergency support staff to gather, analyze and respond to emerging situations in real time--including integrated links to supporting agencies such as the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Weather Service (NOAA), and scientists at the University of Memphis to name a few.
The layout of the Center is based on the FEMA model and contains 20 desks representing Emergency Support Functions (“ESF”).  Each desk is assigned to respond to a specific area of interest (fire, health, hospitals, etc.).  For example, ESF14 responds to issues relative to volunteers and donations.
The Basic Emergency Operations Plan (“BEOP”) is a comprehensive state-emergency-operations plan developed to ensure mitigation and preparedness, appropriate response and timely recovery from natural and man-made hazards which may affect residents of Shelby County. The BEOP is organized based on the authority of the state government for emergency and carried out by ESF representatives.
 “This facility and the new technologies will fulfill our duties in the National Response Framework system. Coordination is essential when responding to and recovering from disasters. The Center will serve the citizens of Shelby County well.”-- Bob Nations, Jr., Shelby County Office of Preparedness Director.
Our congratulations go out to Director Nations, the Shelby County Office of Preparedness Staff, and others involved for the tremendous effort they expended into planning, development and bringing this remarkable facility to fruition!
J. James, August 20, 2012



“Making Resiliency a Reality”

6th Annual Emergency Preparedness and Incident Conference (EPIC)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hosted by the Mid-South Association of Contingency Planners (MSACP)

The conference registration fee is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch.