The village has been chosen to receive the Ready to Respond Community Award, becoming the second community in the state (and the first in Madison County) recognized for an enhanced level of emergency preparedness through successful completion of specific criteria.
The award is given by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for those who complete designation and accreditation requirements. The award will be presented to Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick, Godfrey Fire Chief Erik Kambarian and Public Safety Administrator Chris Sichra on Oct. 18 during the Board of Trustees meeting.
“Godfrey has taken great pride in its new comprehensive disaster plan, its restructured emergency management program and its ‘whole community’ approach to emergency preparedness, so it was only natural for us to pursue the Ready to Respond Community designation,” Sichra said. “This unique designation shows our deep dedication to protecting our citizens, businesses and community we serve. We are extremely proud to be recognized.”
“The accreditation process was quite involved and required determination and coordination,” Kambarian said. “It is that same determination and coordination that will come into play when disaster strikes. Emergency management is a core service of GFPD and this is another example of our philosophy of continuous improvement.”
Required criteria includes a detailed, village-written, county-approved comprehensive disaster plan, dozens of FEMA training modules to be completed by community leaders, proof of National Incident Management System adoption of local ordinance, volunteer and community outreach programs and more. The Ready to Respond Community Program, valid for three years after certification, emphasizes involvement of elected officials, government entities, volunteer and nonprofit organizations, private industry and residents. The program is voluntary and open to communities throughout the state.
“The Ready to Respond Community Program provides structure and guidance to help communities tackle these challenging issues,” IEMA Director James K. Joseph said. “The end result is a community with enhanced ability to respond and recover from disasters and residents who are bettered prepared at home.”