Nebraska Emergency Management Conference

By: Steve Ross Email
By: Steve Ross Email
Courtesy; Mike Umscheid

Courtesy; Mike Umscheid

Being prepared for the worst means having communications systems, first aid, and other response equipment in place.

On display at the Nebraska's emergency managers conference was a rapid deployment flood fighting system that almost makes sandbags obsolete.

Hesco Barriers' Aaron Ackley: "You stand it up, open it, fill the flaps, then you can fill it with a bobcat. They fill very, very rapidly. You can install long stretches of flood protection without having to use sandbags."

At the Nebraska Association of Emergency Management (NAEM) 2012 conference, first responders worked through the age-old issues of planning, response, recovery, and mitigation.

They met to sharpen the saw, shop for new gear, and share ideas with peers. They worried about the weather, and a whole lot more.

NAEM President Lynn Marshall: "The focus has been this year a little bit on the 2011 floods, and of course the Joplin, Missouri tornado event of last year is resonating in a lot of folks' minds, so our goal is to create planning to help build out resilient communities."

Grand Island director of Emergency Management Jon Rosenlund builds readiness on the best practices of Nebraska communities.

Jon Rosenlund: "Local communities overcome disasters, not government. And as an emergency manager, we try to bring together all those moving pieces, so that the community can gather together its resources, overcome it together, and get back to normal as soon as possible."

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