Dowless to lead emergency services in Bladen County

Dowless to lead emergency services in Bladen County


By: Alan Wooten – Bladen Journal


ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County’s emergency services leader during two hurricanes 23 months apart has departed.

But with its recent hire, the county will still have someone intensely familiar with how Matthew and Florence delivered impact. Nathan Dowless was in the emergency operations command center for both, a volunteer worker more than happy to help out.

“The last two hurricanes, he called and asked if I would help as a volunteer at the EOC,” Dowless said of Bradley Kinlaw, the former director of emergency services. “So I was familiar with that for both of the last two hurricanes. Bradley is a friend.”

Dowless succeeds Kinlaw, who served the county nearly 10 years before departing for a position in Harnett County. The two have a lengthy history: Dowless has most recently sold fire trucks and equipment in a 14-county region, and he and Kinlaw knew each other growing up and served in the same volunteer fire department.

In his role, Dowless will oversee functions of emergency management; emergency medical services; Geographic Information Systems/E-911 addressing; planning; building inspections; and the office of the fire marshal.

“I’m settling in pretty good,” Dowless said. “I have a lot to learn. I came into a lot of hurricane stuff and I’m trying to learn about it, the lay of the land so to speak.”

He knows the job is about more than hurricanes and disasters. State level contacts are key, and he’s got Kinlaw a phone call away.

“He told me if you keep the best interests of the citizens of Bladen County in mind you’ll do all right,” he said. “He really cared about the county. I truly care about this county, and the citizens in it, and what we do. This is my way of giving back, or helping out the best way I see fit.”

Dowless, who grew up in the Abbottsburg area of Bladenboro, was a fire training coordinator at Bladen Community College for about half a decade.

“I think Nathan is a great asset to lead the Bladen County Emergency Services team as he has a known passion for public service to the citizens of Bladen County,” Kinlaw said. “The relationships that he already has with the emergency services team, partners and stakeholders in the county will prove to be invaluable during his journey. I have no doubt he will work that well with the team to take the customer service, level of service, response capabilities to record levels in their mission to serve the citizens and visitors of Bladen County.”

County Manager Greg Martin shares similar beliefs.

“Nathan brings a passion for emergency services, and, by having established relationships and an understanding of the community, he will be able to hit the ground running,” he said. “Nathan has a track record of success in previous positions and we are confident that the citizens of Bladen County will be well-served by Nathan’s leadership in this important role.”

The three-step emergency planning checklist Gallatin County Emergency Management is asking you to follow

The three-step emergency planning checklist Gallatin County Emergency Management is asking you to follow


BOZEMAN- After a 4.0 earthquake shook the Bozeman area, Gallatin County Emergency Management is working to arm people with the information needed to be ready at a moment’s notice.

It’s as easy as one, two, three.

Gallatin County Emergency Management’s three-step planning checklist could make the difference if an evacuation order is made.

They say,


1. Be self-sufficient​

You may not be able to leave your home so you’ll need to self-sufficient, so extra water on hand, food and first aid kits.

All of this can all be kept in a closet that’s easy to get to, you also don’t forget about dog food, you’ll want at least 3 days of supplies.

2. Create a list​

Now if being homebound isn’t a problem and an evacuation order is made having a list of the critical items you would take such as IDs and important documents ​along with keeping them in a spot to get at ​well help in fast movement.

3.    Know the plan​

Last, you’ll want to make a get out of the house plan and go over that with your family along with identifying a relocation spot outside of your neighborhood where you will go and or meet.

​Gallatin County Emergency Management is asking everyone to sign up to receive critical emergency information directly from emergency officials by registering in the community notification system.

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Monrovia Hires Coordinator Of Emergency Preparedness

Monrovia Hires Coordinator Of Emergency Preparednes

By Susan Motander

Monrovia’s police and fire departments have always prided themselves on being proactive. The Police Department has its highly successful Neighborhood Watch program as well as its involvement in the Monrovia Area Partnership. These are under the watchful care of its award-winning Community Activated Program. Over at Monrovia Fire and Rescue there are several programs involving the community. Volunteers are trained for disasters in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and business owners have an opportunity to learn to cope with the Business Emergency Resiliency Training (BERT). Chief Dover has also put together an immediate response to brush fires that includes multiple engines, a hand crew, and a chopper for initial observation.

Monrovia Fire and Rescue has just shown that it is more prescient that ever. Three days before the first Ridgecrest earthquake on July 4, with the larger shock the next day, MFD hired a coordinator of emergency preparedness. While other cities were scrambling to put together their response to this most recent natural disaster, Monrovia has Suzanne Dobson already on board. She has already received training in emergency preparedness from both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been able to hit the ground running as she had previously also been the volunteer coordinator. Her new position expands her responsibilities.

Dobson now coordinates not only the CERT and BERT programs, but will also be responsible for preparing the city staff to operate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the event of a natural disaster. She says that, among other things, she hopes to expand the business program to include the small businesses on Myrtle.

“The people of Monrovia are its heart, but Myrtle Avenue is the community’s face,” she said. The program previously has focused on the larger businesses but she hopes to expand that.

She also plans to expand the training of the city staff so that there is redundancy in training for the personnel who can staff the EOC. She hopes to have at least three people trained for every role.

But she is not ignoring the CERT program. She reported that CERT now has a trailer and that in the event of a major fire in the community CERT volunteers are prepared to bring the trailer to the fire scene and assist firefighters with water and other necessities. They even have a phone tree set up to get volunteers to the scene as quickly as possible.

And she has only been on the job two weeks. There are many projects upon which she is already working. Dobson reported that CERT volunteers will be installing fire alarms on the morning of Aug. 24, between Cypress and Central avenues. There will also be a training at the EOC in October as part of the statewide “Big Shake” exercise. She also has plans for additional CERT and BERT training classes.

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Emergency situations can arise at any time and in any place.  Whether it is a large-scale natural or weather-related disaster, fire, acts of violence, terrorism or pandemic, accident, illness, or death.

A meeting or event organizer has no greater responsibility than ensuring the health and safety of their attendees.

When an emergency situation occurs, you may have only moments to respond, and the actions taken can have a significant impact on the event as well as the organization.  Having a right set of plans in place that can help you act swiftly to mitigate that impact is critical.


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