Elder speaks to Kiwanis P.M. about emergency management

The regular meeting of the Kiwanis P.M. was held at Wednesday at O’Hungry’s. President Kenny Lamb call the meeting to order at 7 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. Rose Wagner introduced guests Dennis Edgeton and the speaker for the evening Kim Elder.

Elder is the coordinator for the Marshall County Emergency Management. Many residents of the county are not aware of the benefit we have with someone whose job it is to coordinate the many businesses, volunteer organizations, police and fire departments as well municipalities that become involved with a disaster. She provides a command center for all the organizations to come together and proceed in a orderly and efficient manner that also follows all of the State and Federal guidelines. Disasters that can include not only flooding or tornado but, chemical spills, train derailments, pipeline leaks and cyber attacks. Elder becomes a logistical engineer, finding the correct equipment or the funds that are needed clean up after a disaster.

Elder’s position also is involves training citizens to be ready for emergencies themselves, their families and their community. Being prepared makes sense, which involves making a plan. She provides programs for schools, organizations, businesses and municipalities. There is a S.E.R.T. (Special Emergency Response Training) available each year that will not only help you be prepared but also gives you the opportunity to become a community volunteer.

Following Elder’s presentation there was a short business meeting, Martha Edgeton announced that we will be presenting a check to the Central Iowa Art Association on Friday morning. Rose Wagner announced that Jessica Kinse, the new City Administrator, will be the speaker at the next regular meeting Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at O’Hungry’s. The public is welcome to attend.