Emergency Management receives awards

With a windstorm and flooding, local emergency management has been put to the test the past few two years. Recent awards indicate local officials have passed that test.

Kim Elder, director of Marshall County Emergency Management, received the governor’s Emergency Management Service Award due to her hard work over the past two years.

Elder said it’s a team effort as partnerships have helped her get through the busy times.

“I just feel like our whole emergency management planning committee works really hard,” Elder said.

Denny Grabenbauer, a member of the board of supervisors, commended Elder for her work.

“I think she’s done an outstanding job,” Grabenbauer said. “We are so fortunate to have her in the county.”

Elder also spearheaded work to land another award this year – the Local Emergency Planning Region 7 award for planning, prevention and risk reduction in the community.

Local company Lennox also received a Local Emergency Planning award for its contributions to this effort.

“They’ve done quite a few emergency exercises with us,” Elder said. “They’ve committed a lot of time.”