EMA Directors Meet for Classes in Ohio County


EMA Directors from around the Ohio Valley are getting some important training this week on how to work together and share information.

They’re taking a course on sharing information and resources and how to better assist each other when emergencies happen in the Ohio Valley.

A perfect example is the chlorine leak that happened back in August in Marshall County, causing a chemical cloud to affect parts of Belmont and Monroe Counties.

EMA officials on both sides of the river had to work together.

A company called Sense Makers LLC is putting on the class.

“What’s happening on this side of the river impacts folks on the other side of the river, as well. So sharing information between both sides, the tri-state area, two FEMA regions. The information that we’re providing to the emergency managers, they’ll be able to directly apply during a real-world activation,” said Jim Bailey, Managing Partner of Sense Makers, LLC.

Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo says the local EMA directors meet monthly face-to-face or by video call and they plan quarterly meetings to brush up on their communication skills, as well.

The course is running through tomorrow.

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