Owen U Turrentine Emergency Management Professional of the Year 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
Jillian started with Douglas County Emergency Management in 2007 and continues working to better herself, her department, and emergency management throughout the state. She has exhibited exceptionally high standards and professionalism during disaster response. Jillian had only been two (2) weeks into the job when she volunteered to assist in Greensburg. She is the program manager for the North East Incident Management Team (IMT) maintaining applications, rosters, databases and deployment of members.
Within Douglas County, Jillian has assisted with the 2007 flooding, 2008 tornado, 2008 Final Four/Championship, 2009 winter storm, 2010 severe thunderstorm, 2011 snow/blizzard, 2012 tornado, 2012 Final Four/Championship, 2013 significant show, and numerous deployments of the mobile command vehicle. Jillian has helped build strong partnerships with Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin City, Lecompton and Douglas County. She assisted Lawrence Public Schools rewrite their Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and was a great resource helping audit tornado shelters and providing input on safety & security, etc. Jillian revamped training and education programs for the citizens of Douglas County utilizing her meteorology background. She has increased Douglas County Emergency Management’s involvement in the community with weather presentations, building walk-throughs, various symposiums, exercises, and media interviews. With Jillian’s emphasis on training and education she is always working toward the goal of obtaining new materials to ensure the community has updated information. She has revitalized the volunteer program in Douglas County, taught weather safety at Lawrence Police Department’s Kids Camp, and she coordinates the annual Severe Weather Symposium.
Jillian is a valuable asset to KEMA with her knowledge of the Cvent program, and is currently the Chair of the Scholarship Committee and North East Region Vice President.