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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Press Release: 911 meetings



In many locations around Missouri, a 9-1-1 call for help from a cell phone will not always get you the help you are expecting. Many agencies do not have the 9-1-1 technology to locate your cell phone in an emergency. What’s more, much of the state does not have the basic technology to locate a landline phone due to lacking necessary funding streams. Both technologies are already available and are being used to cover entire states, such as neighboring states Kansas, Iowa, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Missouri State Representative Jeanie Lauer  of Blue Springs, who sponsored H.B. 635 in 2013, has scheduled a series of seven meetings around the state in preparation for the 2014 legislative effort to pass Comprehensive 9-1-1 Legislation. The meetings are intended to be conversations between 9-1-1 service experts, police, fire and emergency medical services leaders, and local elected officials to review the 2014 proposed legislation and contribute ideas.

The draft legislation creates a local option of adding a fee to cell phones, as is now the case with landline phones. The use of landlines — which are often the sole financial support for local 9-1-1 services — has dropped considerably in the last few years, resulting in less funding. Many counties in Missouri have not been able to find another method to fund this lifesaving service. The proposed legislation would also establish a grant program to assist some of the hard-to-serve areas of Missouri.

Many public safety agencies around the nation are adopting new technology to receive text and video messages for help at 9-1-1 centers. This technology is a potential favorite of younger residents, and is also a benefit for many who are disabled. However, few local 9-1-1 agencies in Missouri have identified the funding to implement this new technology.

Local public safety officials, elected officials as well as the general public are welcome at meetings. Please refer to the schedule below for the meeting closest to you.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.: Osceola, Mo., held at Sac-Osage Hospital.

Thursday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m.: Bethany, Mo., held at NTA Ambulance District HQ, 1000 South 25th Street.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.: Lebanon, Mo., held at Mercy Hospital.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.: Edina, Mo., held at the Knox County Community Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.: Winona, Mo., held at the Shannon County Ambulance District, 1012 N Hwy 19.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m.: Greenville, Mo., held at Greenville City Hall, 108 Walnut.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m.: New Madrid, Mo., held at New Madrid County Central High School, 310 US Highway 61.

For further information Contact Lisa Schlottach, President of the Missouri 9-1-1 Directors Association, 573-821-3133

Advisory: ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CST THURSDAY...


WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CST THURSDAY...

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CST THURSDAY.

* TIMING...A STEADY LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE
THROUGH MIDNIGHT AND COME TO AN END BY 1 AM.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS WILL AVERAGE AROUND
AN INCH OR LESS...WITH TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 1 AND 3 INCHES.

* IMPACTS...ACCUMULATING SNOW AND VERY COLD TEMPERATURES WILL 
LEAD TO SLICK ROADWAYS. BLUSTERY NORTH WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH WILL LEAD TO BLOWING SNOW AND FURTHER
 

REDUCE VISIBILITIES. THESE WINDS WILL ALSO PRODUCE WIND CHILLS
IN THE SINGLE DIGITS.

* TEMPERATURES...OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL BE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS
NORTH WINDS BETWEEN 10 AND 20 MPH WILL CAUSE WIND CHILL VALUES
 

ON THURSDAY MORNING TO BE BETWEEN 5 AND 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO

Weather Update: Snow Likely



Snow has started to fall across far northwest Missouri late this morning. Still expect 2 to 4 inches of snow to blanket the ground by the time it ends early Thursday morning.

Strong north winds between 15 and 25 mph will cause limited visibility and some drifting of snow. Bitterly cold temperatures will then move in behind the snow. Wind chill values between -5 and -15 expected for Thursday morning with the coldest readings along the Missouri and Iowa border. Wind chill values between -10 and -20 expected Friday morning. BUNDLE UP!!!!!!!!!





Missouri Minimum Wage Goes Up Wednesday


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri is among the 13 states that will see an increase in their state’s minimum wage during the upcoming year.

Beginning on Wednesday of this week, as many are ringing in the New Year, minimum wage workers in Missouri and 12 other states will begin receiving higher paychecks.
In Missouri, workers will see a $0.15 bump to $7.50 an hour. For many, it will help with the annual cost of living adjustments.

The increases are coming as a national debate brews over low wages and income inequality. Fast food and retail workers have been staging protests and walking off work for more than a year, calling for better pay.

Other state increases include New York, whose minimum wage went from $7.25 to $8.00 an hour, and Washington state, whose went from $9.19 to $9.32 per hour.

Missouri and Ohio are the only two Midwestern states to give their workers an automatic pay raise.

President Obama supports legislation in congress to lift the federal minimum wage in stages as well. The federal minimum wage hasn’t seen an increase since 2009. And while as many as 11 more states are considering an increase this year, those against the increases believe that raising employer expenses will lead to layoffs.

Bates County Sheriff's Office Weather Update

 
BATES COUNTY…Winter weather advisory for light snow in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night. A fast moving winter system will move through the area on Wednesday bringing a period of light to moderate snow. Gusty north winds will combine with the falling snow to create visibility problems during the period of heaviest falling snow. By late Wednesday night into early Thursday mor...ning widespread 2 to 4 inch snow amounts can be expected. North winds between 5 and 15 mph in combination with very cold temperatures will bring the wind chills on Thursday morning down to 10 to 20 degrees below zero. ...winter weather advisory in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 6 am cst Thursday... The national weather service in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill has issued a winter weather advisory for light to moderate snow... Which is in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 6 am cst Thursday. * timing...light snow is expected to start falling by 3 pm or shortly thereafter on Wednesday. The heaviest snow will likely fall between 4 pm and midnight Wednesday night. By 6 am Thursday morning expect widespread snow to come to an end.
- Snow accumulations...widespread 2 to 4 inches

- Impacts... Winds will be out of the north at 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph through the day. This will cause visibility issues as well as drifting of snow.

- Temperatures...overnight lows on Wednesday night into Thursday morning will be in the single digits. North winds between 5 and 15 mph will cause wind chill values on Thursday morning to be between 5 and 15 degrees below zero.