Online training to occur in February

After mid February Marion County will be even more prepared for when the next emergency arises. By that point in 2018 no less than five more county officials will have completed and passed the National Incident Management System (NIMS) training and testing.

According to Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode, the federal government requires that at least one person in a county government's hierarchy be NIMS certified. In Marion County, Bode and John Hark, emergency management director, have already completed the training.

“It's just something that needs to be done, to get more updated,” said Bode.

Slated to participate in the training, which is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 12, are Larry Welch, Eastern District commissioner, Steve Begley, Western District commissioner, Valerie Dornberger, county clerk, Mike Schaefer, highway director, and Teya Stice, capital coordinator. Bode indicated he planned to sit in on the training as a refresher course.

Having at least one NIMS certified person helps a county or city to qualify for federal emergency funds, according to Bode.

“I know there have been different times when they have asked who has passed the NIMS test,” he said. “Our goal now is to say all our commissioners, county clerk, highway director and capital improvements director (are NIMS certified) so we will have a number of us who have taken the course.”

Having multiple people NIMS certified could prove beneficial.

“If something were to happen and John and I were gone and paperwork needed to be signed there will be plenty of people available to sign,” said Bode. “It's always good and helpful to have extra individuals who have had the training.”

In other business:

• The county has scheduled its budget hearing for 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, at the courthouse in Palmyra.

“Right now we're looking at it (preliminary budget) to make sure we've got everything plugged in,” said Bode.


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