First Baptist plays new role in Homeland Security

March 5, 2012

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In a cooperative effort with the Department of Homeland Security, Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Committee, Rural Homeland Security Oversight Committee, Missouri Department of Homeland Security and most importantly First Baptist Church in Sedalia, we now have an increased capacity to take care of our residents after a disaster strikes.

All-Pro Electric, in a contract with Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Committee installed a generator transfer switch at First Baptist Church. This transfer switch allows us to quickly bring a pre-identified generator to the church, and we can rapidly bring power to the gymnasium portion of that facility.

As we have seen just in the past few days, severe weather can take out large swaths of electrical power. Without transfer switches it can take many days to prepare a facility to accept a generator large enough to bed down and feed many people. A transfer switch allows us to power up very quickly, which in turn allows us to start the process of taking care of people.

Pettis County has taken huge strides over the past few years in developing and preparing locations to bed down and feed people after a disaster. We now have capabilities with Parkview Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Celebration Center and now First Baptist.

The cooperation level is unlike any I have seen, involving state and federal agencies, but also the Pettis County Health Center, the Churches, Sedalia Fire Department, The City of Sedalia and Pettis County. I can honestly say that there are not many areas in Missouri that have the capability we have, and without all the above partners we would not have it either!

Submitted by Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Agency Director Dave Clippert

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