Overview of my experience at the 2017 Show Me Partnerships Conference.

Hello, everyone!

KEØLMY here!

I didn’t want to keep anyone waiting for my experience and overview of the 2017 Show Me Partnerships Conference, so here is the run down.

I was so overwhelmed to see the conference begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner and a prayer. It was wonderful to see such patriotic people unabashedly sharing those moments openly with each other.

I was able to capture moments in the opening ceremony, but I felt it would be inappropriate to take a picture in the middle of the prayer, which is why the picture of Reverend Nancy is of her leaving the stage.

As you can see from pictures I posted of the schedule, there were keynotes, breakouts, and other activities. To keep these posts from getting too long, I will post about each one separately. Some of these activities were VERY helpful and educational (such as the Table Top exercise) and some were more about solidifying the need for volunteer organizations to work together in emergencies. It is SO important for us to learn each others faces, names, organizations, and capabilities before an emergency occurs.

I heard Lia (more about her and Team Rubicon later!) say it best when she explained, “The time to exchange business cards is not over a smoking hole in the ground.” (Sorry if I butchered that, Lia!)

So, as I have said before and will continue to say, stay tuned for more!

Author: Samantha Henley

I serve as the Deputy Director of the Benton County, MO Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Emergency Coordinator for the BC ARES. I have completed FEMA's IS-100b, IS-120, 200b, IS-230, IS-317, 700a, and 800b. I have also completed the ARRL EC-001 course and Tactical Storm Spotter training. I manage the website (bcmoem.com) and Facebook page for the Benton County Emergency Management Agency and for the BC ARES (bentoncountyares.org) and I serve as the net control for the Region A Healthcare monthly net and the BC ARES weekly net (on occasion). I obtained my General Class License (KEØLMY) in October 2017. You can learn more about me at AirSho and QRZ!