Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission has been the lead RPC for the Region A (non urban) Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee for the past six years now. Pioneer Trails RPC serves as the fiscal agent and the administrator for the Region A Homeland Security Grant program. The Region A RHSOC serves the following counties, Bates, Benton, Carroll, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, & Saline. Missouri’s national award winning statewide Homeland Security Regionalization Frame-work elevates the importance of regional priorities in the states Homeland Security Planning and funding. This particular committee is made up of 16 different disciplines including Emergency Management Directors, Chief of Police, County Sheriffs, Chief of Fire, County Health, Homeland Security Response Teams, Public Works, Mayors/City Administrators, County Commissioners, Private/Public Industries, EMS, 9-1-1, Volunteer, Agriculture, Schools and GIS. The job of these 16 different disciplines is for them to come together as one committee and make decisions on the needs for the region as a whole-not just on a individual agency level. There is a lot of dedication and passion that is put into this group. Region A RHSOC is better prepared today to keep us safe and help the citizenry of Missouri in our every day challenges, but most importantly, in the event of a disaster.
The past three years we have been able to procure several much needed assets for our region such as GIS software and equipment. The GIS software and equipment will allow the agencies the ability have GIS data at their finger tips whether they are sitting at their desk in their office or out in a corn field in the middle of nowhere. Another valuable asset to our region would be the Wide Area Interoperable Communications System. It gives the agencies the capability to talk to multiple counties using the ACU-100. This particular program gives the necessary resources to communicate with all eight of our counties within our region. It even goes as far as being able to patch in an individual using a cell phone. This gives our region capabilities that we have never had before. A few other valuable assets that have been purchased are as follows: eight (8) Emergency Transfer Switches one in each of our eight counties. two (2) 80 KW generators housed in Bates and Saline County, eight(8) mass care trailers, two (2) food canteen vehicles, eight (8) yurt tents, a mobile PA Siren that was deployed and utilized during the Joplin Tornado, eight (8) Salvation Army tents, multiple hand held P-25 radios, and a fully stocked agricultural trailer. These are just a few of the items that have been purchased in the past years with funds for the Missouri Office of Homeland Security. We hope that we can continue to make Region A better prepared and equipt in the time of need.
Region A RHSOC Meeting
802 S Gordon
9:30 am Room 203
January 24, 2017
Free, Installed Smoke Alarms Available for Lafayette County Residents
LEXINGTON, Mo, December 1, 2016 — Free smoke alarms will be installed in hundreds of homes across Lafayette County in a drive to coincide with the holiday season.
The Lafayette County Emergency Management Agency will accept calls for requests from all of Lafayette County. The American Red Cross will supply the alarms and fire safety materials. Trained volunteers will install the alarms at no charge to the residents and will also talk about fire safety and how families should prepare for home emergencies.
The installation of the alarms is part of a nationwide campaign to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent during a five-year period. Home fires kill an average of seven people each day in the United States.
To schedule the installation of a free smoke alarm, at any time, individuals may call the Lafayette County Emergency Management Agency at (660)259-6551.