OCEM to host training, exercise, planning workshop for local agencies

Osage County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Osage County Local Emergency Planning Committee, will host a training, exercise and planning workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, at Osage County Emergency Operations Center (Meyer Conference Room), 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan.

The focus of this workshop will be to provide participants the opportunity to develop a coordinated and comprehensive workshop and training calendar, using the capabilities-based planning process, to support the priorities and needs of all response partners within Osage County. The workshop is designed to assess capabilities and preparedness levels of participating agencies, identify a cycle of exercises that increase in complexity to improve capabilities, and prepare a multi-year training and exercise calendar for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

A multi-year training and exercise calendar uses a combination of exercises to accomplish program goals and objectives. It uses a building-block approach that exposes participants to increasingly complex exercises and training is tied to exercises so that training objectives are achieved or validated.

Emergency management needs a clear picture of each agency’s capabilities, resources, and level of training. The workshop will help each agency and the county identify training and exercise needs for the upcoming three years.

For more information, contact Bryce Romine, director, Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323, or stop by the emergency management office in Lyndon.

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