The village has been accepted into a new state pilot program and will be working toward a Ready to Respond Community designation and accreditation from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
The pilot program recognizes communities that achieve an advanced level of preparedness through successful completion of 11 rigorous criteria, including a disaster plan, completion of FEMA training modules and proof of National Incident Management System adoption of local ordinance.
“The village of Godfrey has taken great pride in its new comprehensive disaster plan, its restructured ESDA-emergency management program and its ‘whole community’ approach to emergency preparedness with the public, so it was only natural for us to pursue the Ready to Respond Community designation,” Village Public Safety Administrator and ESDA Deputy Director Christopher Sichra said. “The designation shows our deep dedication to protecting the citizens, businesses and community we serve. We would be extremely proud to be recognized as one of the few communities in the entire state, and the first community in Madison County, to receive this designation.”
“Too many communities take a reactive approach to emergency management and try to cobble a plan together after disaster strikes,” Godfrey Fire Chief and ESDA Director Erik Kambarian said. “That is not the case here. With this designation, our commitment to preparedness will be recognized on a statewide basis.”
Village officials plan to have documentation submitted by June.
Business-friendly open house held March 23
The village held its inaugural Facade Improvement Program Open House March 23 at A&B Machine Shop and Lake Drive Logistics in Godfrey.
The event highlighted the opportunity for business and property owners in the Godfrey Business District to receive an up to $15,000 grant toward further investment in the community.
The Facade Program can assist with projects such as exterior renovations, parking and signage enhancements. Business and property owners, bank representatives, Realtors and contractors were invited to the seminar.