On Thursday, September 17th, two Douglas County Emergency Management Staff members received state awards from the Kansas Emergency Management Association at their annual conference held in Topeka, Kansas. Sheila Meggison, Douglas County Emergency Management Planner received the state organization’s award for "New Emergency Management Professional of the Year." Douglas County's own Emergency Management Director, Teri Smith, was awarded Kansas's "Emergency Management Professional of the Year". Teri has been with Douglas County Emergency Management for 13 years. Both recipients were acknowledged at the banquet during the KEMA conference, which was held in Topeka, Kansas on Thursday, September 17th, 2009.