Department: Administration and Fiscal Affairs

Emergency manager recognized for outstanding work

November 18, 2014

Carrie Boettcher, emergency manager for Emporia State University, received the Col Mahlon G. Weed Outstanding New Emergency Management Professional Award during the 2014 conference of the Kansas Emergency Management Association.

The award recognizes an individual who has served 24 months or less and has made specific accomplishments or improvements in the local program. The award’s namesake is the former deputy director of Kansas Division of Emergency Preparedness.

Boettcher was recognized for her work defining and creating the first emergency manager position at Emporia State University. Since coming to Emporia State, Boettcher has begun regular testing of the emergency notification system and monthly meetings with the Critical Incident Planning Group and periodic joint meetings with the higher-level Executive Planning Group. These meetings are an integral part of updating the university emergency operations plan.

Along with her work on campus, Boettcher has taken an active role in community emergency preparedness. A member of Lyon County LEPC, Boettcher served as vice chair of the group in 2014 and will become chair in 2015.

For more information, see http://www.kema.org/content/kema-awards-2014