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Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick was presented with a Ready to Respond Community designation award by Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director James Joseph during the village’s board meeting on Tuesday.
GODFREY — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency recognized the village of Godfrey on Tuesday for achieving the Ready to Respond Community designation.
IEMA Director James Joseph presented the award to Mayor Mike McCormick and Public Safety Administrator Chris Sichra.
“Godfrey has gone through vigorous criteria to get this certificate, including a very comprehensive emergency plan,” Joseph said. “This is not simply a one- or two-page document; it’s very comprehensive. This is the first time that an entire package was submitted to us that we did not need to return for additional information.”
Joseph noted the area’s flooding and the recent funeral procession for Blake Snyder as examples of Godfrey’s performance during unusual circumstances.
“Though no one likes to envision an event that causes disruption to the community, the village has drastically improved upon its disaster readiness and preparedness,” McCormick said. “Being prepared means quicker action can be taken following a disaster and life can go back to normal faster for our residents, businesses and the community as a whole.”
Godfrey is only the second municipality in the state of Illinois to receive this award.