MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Maxwell told the EMA Board Thursday he has begun drafting a strategic plan for the agency. He gave the members a copy of the material he has put together so far.
Maxwell said the agency has not had such a plan in the past, which is intended to define the focus for the agency’s efforts. When the plan is near completion, he will provide copies to safety forces in the county and solicit their input.
He also told the board that in the coming year the agency will be looking at updating the Continuity of Operations Plan, the Fairgrounds Disaster Plan and how to utilize anti-terrorism grants from Homeland Security.
The board approved the purchase of a new narrow-band capable radio for the director’s vehicle along with a laptop computer mount. Total cost of the two items will likely be a little over $1,000.
The board also asked Maxwell to look into the possibility of replacing the agency’s vehicle, which is a 2004 Ford Expedition with 90,000 miles on it. They wondered if it would make sense to replace it now with a slightly smaller four-wheel drive vehicle that would be less expensive operate.
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