Coffee County activates EOC

Pictured, from left, are Emergency Medical Services Director Mike Bonner, Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin, Emergency Management Agency Director Allen Lendley and Community Emergency Response Team volunteer Nick Whitmire. In the background is Matt Aussiker, EMA deputy director.

Coffee County has established an Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

On March 19, we activated our EOC mostly in virtual mode for all of our health, public safety and governmental stakeholders,” said Emergency Management Agency Director Allen Lendley, adding social distancing requirements were met.  

“We also developed an Incident Management Team in the EOC. I can say we have been very busy, but what a great group to work with.”

He thanked everyone involved in the process.

Lendley serves as incident commander. Emergency Medical Services Director Michael Bonner oversees operations, and EMA Deputy Director Matt Aussiker heads logistics. Richard Claing serves as communications technician. Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin and Manchester Fire and Rescue Chief George Chambers are tasked with planning.

“Also I can’t say enough about our CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteers,” Lendley said. “They have provided us one person per day to utilize as a scribe to document all that is being done. Working together and standing united, we will all get through this.”

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness. CERT volunteers are trained in disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Professional responders can rely on CERT volunteers during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.

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