Director of Emergency Management: Ryan Nicholls

Ryan Nicholls is the Emergency Management Director for the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. His office is responsible for coordination of disaster planning and preparedness for all of Springfield and unincorporated Greene County, public disaster readiness/awareness programs, maintenance of an Emergency Operations Center to support emergency operations, grant administration for several Homeland Security grants, and day-to-day administrative activities associated with operation of the Office. His office oversees operations of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, which is tasked with community hazardous material preparedness and Weapons of Mass Destruction (terrorism) preparedness and training. His office coordinates Incident Action Plans for large special events in the community, all disaster-related training courses, and disaster exercises for community responders. His office also coordinates funding, training, and exercises for the Greene County Homeland Security Response Team.

Ryan is currently serving as a member of the State Emergency Management Agency Director's Advisory Committee, where he chairs two subcommittees and sits on a third subcommittee. He has served on the national review panel for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant application selection through FEMA. He is the coordinator for the Region D Regional Disaster Planning committee, coordinator for the Radio Amateur Communications Emergency Services, and serves as the treasurer for the Southwest Missouri Emergency Support Organization. He also serves as a member of the Region D Disaster Incident Support Team.

Ryan previously served as the Emergency Management Director for the city of Willard. He worked for the FEMA Long-Term Recovery Team following Katrina; assisting County Emergency Management Directors along the Mississippi Coast recover from and plan for future hurricanes. He has consulted with local parks and small jurisdictions in writing Emergency Operations Plans and implementing local Emergency Management Programs.

Ryan has a Masters Degree in Fire and Emergency Management at Oklahoma State University and has completed the Emergency Management Professional Development Series from FEMA. He received his Bachelors of Nursing from Missouri State University. Prior to Emergency Management, he worked as a Registered Nurse in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit. He has taught Emergency Management Courses for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and is currently involved in K-9 training for Urban Search and Rescue teams organized through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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