The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

April 21, 2013

ARE WE READY? ‘Everything that everyone else doesn’t want to do, we get’

DANVILLE — Handling situations ranging from severe weather, epidemic diseases, hazardous material emergencies and everything in between falls on the shoulders of the Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency.

“Everything that everyone else doesn’t want to do, we get,” said Ted Fisher, county EMA executive director. “It’s pretty much like you name it, we do it.”

Although spreading the word in the face of severe weather and tornadoes is what most residents associate with EMA, the county department is as much proactive as reactive in preparing for as many potential emergencies as possible.

Fisher, who had headed up the unit since 2007, said the responsibilities have continued to grow since the 9/11 tragedy.

“It’s getting to be more and more all the time with all the rule and regulations handed down by state and federal,” he said. “This is the stopping point here, so we have to make sure all of that gets done.”

Part of that responsibility includes an overall emergency plan for the county, which is required by state law every two years. He estimated that the plan was a little more than 100 pages prior to his arrival.

As of early this year, Fisher said the plan stacked up at more than 700 pages and he expects it to grow even bigger in the coming years.

“Pandemic flu, huge strikes, ice storms, long-term power outages, what happens if the economy tanks — that’s going to effect everything,” he said, adding there has to be an outline for action in every predicament, including school shootings.

“You can’t fix everything, but you have to try to limit how much risk you have out there to keep everybody safe and happy,” Fisher added.

EMA covers a number of areas in trying to prevent disasters and emergencies before they begin. The department monitors companies that store chemicals locally as well as handling flood plain management in the county.

It also has a radio team, damage assessment team and search and rescue team.

Planning is foremost in many instances.

“Everybody should have a plan,” Fisher said. “Even business call us and we try to help them put together a plan. Daycare centers, nursing homes, schools — they all need some kind of emergency plan.

“There’s a lot to it,” he added. “Some of the biggest things are getting the public educated to being more responsible and taking the preparations on their own.”

When response a disaster is warranted, Fisher said EMA is prepared to set up an emergency operations center at its building along Georgetown Road to coordinator communications and decisions.

Working out of the main building, however, isn’t always feasible, making it necessary to plan for what Fisher has dubbed “EOC in a box.”

“If I had to go to Allerton tomorrow, it’s kind of hard to set up something in the middle of a corn field,” he said. “But we have to, so we have trailers we can go down there with, and tents and resources to set that EOC up there.”

In instances where the emergency operations center is set up at the EMA building, preparations are made to make sure officials and operations remain at the building 24 hours a day. That includes housing food and water at the building.

“If (officials) are here taking care of business in the EOC, there might not be any place to go eat,” Fisher said. “And while you’ve got them here you don’t’ want to let them go because they might not get back quickly when you’ll need answers from them.”

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Three face robbery charges DANVILLE — Three men were booked without bond Tuesday in connection with the robbery of a downtown jewelry store.Donovan Wheeler, 29, of the 300 block of Bradley Lane; John Billips Jr., 23, of the 200 block of East Roselawn Avenue; and Jabari O’Conno

    July 31, 2014

  • Georgetown Fair ready for annual run DANVILLE — One of the big fair attractions of the summer kicks off this weekend in Vermilion County.The annual Georgetown Fair begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 9.Don Hackler is president of the Georgetown Fair Board. Both he and the group of 24

    July 31, 2014

  • NWS-CN 7-31 VA employee photo Jaycees select VA employee for award DANVILLE — Bryan Stewart, coordinator of the Veterans Transportation Program for the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, was selected as one of the Outstanding Young People of 2014 by the Junior Chamber International Senate with the Jaycees.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Tuesday, 11:23-11:32 a.m. — A medical call in the 200 block of West Voorhees Street.Tuesday, 1:30-1:45 p.m. — A natural gas leak at 107 S. Jefferson St.Tuesday, 1:41-1:59 p.m. — An accident on Interstate

    July 31, 2014

  • Police Report Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleMonday:Theft in the 100 block of North Logan Avenue.Tuesday:A man and woman arrested for domestic battery at Fairchild and Moore streets.Retail theft at Meijer, 3649 N. Vermilion St.Wednesday:A man arreste

    July 31, 2014

  • Group to help Mission

    July 30, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 30, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Monday, 11-11:04 a.m. — An unintentional alarm activation at 1714 E. Fairchild St.Monday, 1:01-1:10 p.m. — A medical call in the 1200 block of Cleveland Street.Monday, 3:59-4:16 p.m. — A carbon monoxide i

    July 30, 2014

  • YMCA offers new college, career program DANVILLE — The Danville Family YMCA plans to launch a new college and career readiness program during the 2014-2015 school year called YMCA Achievers. YMCA Achievers is a college and career readiness program offered at more than 1,400 YMCAs across th

    July 30, 2014

  • DATS begins East Main discussion DANVILLE — The Danville Area Transportation Study, along with the city and The Lakota Group, invite the public to join them in a new way to help imagine the future of Danville’s East Main Street Corridor. An online virtual public engagement forum has

    July 30, 2014

E-edition
Spring 2014 Photos


Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner
Must Read