Awards and Recognition - Emergency Management
Douglas County LEPC is an active group of 42 members from private, public, and non-profit organizations who come together to ensure Douglas County is disaster aware and disaster prepared. In addition to meeting to discuss all-hazards preparedness they review local plans, participate in exercises and support the efforts of the Douglas County Emergency Management Department, truly exemplifying the values of KEMA.
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
Oct. 30, 2013 (Falls Church, Va.) – The USA Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) announced the winner of the IAEM-USA 2013 Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award at the IAEM 61st Annual Conference & EMEX 2013, held Oct. 25-30, 2013, in Reno, Nevada. The award was presented to Teri Smith, CEM, Director, Douglas County (Kan.) Emergency Management.
Preparedness Partner Awards are given annually by the Douglas County Emergency Management Board in recognition of an agency, business, facility or individual that: Participates with and/or supports the responsibilities and/or activities of the Douglas County LEPC Demonstrates initiative and leadership with local response agencies on preparedness and planning activities Exhibits a pro‐active approach/attitude towards the health, safety and well‐being of the community and/or its employees.
The Emergency Management Department of Douglas County, Kansas was the recipient of the 2009 National Citizen Corps Achievement Award Honorable Mention in the category of Collaborative Preparedness Planning. The award recognizes innovative practices and achievements that make our community safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. The Douglas County Citizen Corps Council is representatives from governmental and non-governmental agencies throughout Douglas County who are actively involved on the Council.
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.
The Emergency Management Board/Local Emergency Planning Committee of Douglas County, Kansas was the recipient of the 2009 Large Community Award for outstanding achievement in planning, prevention and risk reduction for 2009. The Douglas County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is made up of representatives from each Emergency Support Function and is dedicated to the preparedness for, response to, mitigation of, and recovery from all hazards which affect the citizens they serve.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has recognized the Douglas County Citizen Corps Council with Honorable Mention for the 2010 National Citizen Corps Achievement Award in the category of Preparing the Public Award. The Council has been recognized for demonstrating innovative practices and achievements that make the community safer, stronger, and better prepared to manage an emergency situation. As an Honorable Mention, Douglas County, KS Citizen Corps will receive a certificate from FEMA and will be promoted on the National Citizen Corps website and in other Citizen Corps materials.