The Effingham County Public Safety Committee heard from a number of department heads at their quarterly meeting held Thursday.
Emergency Management Agency Director Pam Jacobs updated the committee of training efforts conducted by the EMA. Jacobs said that in the last quarter they hosted 157 hours of training. Jacobs said further that for 2016 there are already four IDOT and three IEMA training sessions planned, as well as national weather service training exercises. Efforts are also being made to offer additional public preparedness training sessions. The Committee was also updated on the county’s emergency shelters. There are currently 8 operational shelters with plans in the works for additional shelters.
The committee also heard from Chief Deputy Paul Kuhns. Kuhns updated the committee about recent security upgrades made at the county building, which included panic alarms within the offices. Deputy Kuhn also talked about increased security measures that have been implemented at the County Jail and in the County Courthouse.