SoutheastHEALTH and the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation recently donated $10,000 toward the $100,000 local share for purchase of 18 disaster warning sirens for Cape Girardeau County. A federal grant will provide another $400,000 for the project. Cape County officials hope to have the sirens installed in rural areas by next summer.
SoutheastHEALTH Executive Vice President Jim Limbaugh says the recent contribution will assist Cape County in its efforts to protect citizens who reside in rural areas of the county. “SoutheastHEALTH has a significant disaster preparedness program of its own,” he notes. “Assisting with this most worthwhile project also is in keeping with our commitment to disaster preparedness as an organization and a regional healthcare provider.”
Cape County Associate Commissioner Paul Koeper says the deadly tornado which swept through Joplin, Mo., in 2011 sparked the County Commission’s interest in installing warning sirens. “The Cape Girardeau County commissioners would like to see zero loss of life and casualties kept to a minimum from tornadic events,” he notes.
SoutheastHEALTH and the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation recently donated $10,000 toward the purchase of disaster warning sirens for Cape Girardeau County. Pictured from left: Cape County Associate Commissioner Charles Herbst, SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Wayne Smith, SoutheastHEALTH Foundation President Pete Poe, Presiding Commissioner Clint Tracy, Associate Commissioner Paul Koeper, SoutheastHEALTH Board Chairman John Thompson, SoutheastHEALTH Executive Vice President Jim Limbaugh and Cape County Emergency Operations Director Dick Knaup.