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Supervisors get update from emergency management

Elder encouraged by volunteer program

October 31, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Kim Elder updated the Board of Supervisors on the many activities of her office in the past year during a meeting Tuesday.

Elder said she is very encouraged at the volunteers that have been enrolling in the Community Emergency Response Team.

Recently, 11 more people completed the CERT training program and it has been around for five years.

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"It's gradually building," Elder said. (We're) looking to do another class soon."

Elder said the CERT members are not paid and assist in emergency situations, with their first big deployment occurring during the Iowa River drownings this summer.

Since Elder is the lone person working in her department, she said the CERT volunteers are important in assisting her. Elder said they are hoping to land a grant to further expand the program.

The National Weather Service got the new weather service radio tower built this year on Iowa Avenue. Formerly, the tower sat in a flood plain and flooding would disrupt weather service radio.

"It's in a higher place," Elder said.

In another report to the supervisors, Jill Eaton, community services director with county, reminded area residents who don't have health insurance, the underinsured and seniors can pick up a free prescription drug discount card from the county. In September, Marshall County residents saved $1,255 by using the cards and Eaton would like to see more involvement in the program. Marshall County is eligible for this program due to its membership in the National Association of Counties.

"It's one of the perks of being a member of NACo," Eaton said.

The cards are available at the Board of Supervisors office in the courthouse and also several other county offices.



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