Clay County Commission and Sheriff Partner on Emergency Management
Clay County Commissioners Jerry Nolte, Gene Owen and Luann Ridgeway announce a partnership with Sheriff Paul Vescovo for the Office of Emergency Management.
"I'm pleased to announce that the Commission and the Sheriff have set policy that puts public safety first in Clay County. We are looking forward to continued collaboration that keeps citizens and county government prepared in case disaster strikes," commented Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte.
The Clay County Sheriff has been named the County's Emergency Management Coordinator. Missouri law requires that the commission of each county designate an emergency management coordinator.
"County Emergency Management is a critical component of a state and national disaster response team. I appreciate the confidence Commissioners have in the Sheriff's Office to keep Clay County safe, and their continued support for public safety," stated Sheriff Paul Vescovo.
The Office of Clay County Emergency Management is a critical local component of Homeland Security providing strategy and leadership in critical times. Its mission is to support and coordinate homeland security and emergency management efforts, ensuring that emergency operations in the Clay County are prepared to protect against, plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made hazards.
In carrying out its mission the Office of Emergency Management works closely with other emergency response agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency and local emergency response agencies, Mid-America Regional Council, as well as with the major utility companies and non-profit and volunteer organizations such as Amateur Radio Emergency Services, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
"As we've seen with recent flooding incidents across Clay County, we need to be prepared in case of natural disasters or otherwise. With today's collaboration with the Sheriff's Office, we make sure Clay County is a safe place to live, work and raise our families," said Western District Commissioner Gene Owen.
"Today's agreement with Sheriff Paul Vescovo is a win for Clay County. The Clay County Sheriff's Office will perform the duties of emergency management with integrity and vigilance. They have a talented team of individuals highly skilled in life-threatening circumstances. We appreciate the work they do every day to keep us safe," added Eastern District Commissioner Luann Ridgeway.