WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Insiders always knew Sue Graves was a shining star. But to locals, there’s actually two of them.

Jenny Demaris (L) and Sue Graves (R) receiving special tsunami training at NOAA Hawaii

Jenny Demaris (L) and Sue Graves (R) receiving special tsunami training at NOAA Hawaii

LCSD Safety Coordinator Sue Graves admitted to Homeland Security Master’s Degree Program at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

LCSD Safety Coordinator Sue Graves has been accepted into the Masters of Arts Degree Program in Homeland Defense and Security Services. This prestigious opportunity is offered to only thirty professionals nationwide by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

The course is a year and a half of graduate study, with most of it done online and two weeks per quarter spent at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Tuition, books, travel and lodging is paid by FEMA.

“Getting into the program is a highly competitive national process. Your selection speaks volumes about your professional experience, leadership ability, intellectual capacity and support from those who recommended you,” states Ms. Graves’ acceptance letter.

The program is intended for local, state, tribal and federal government officials (civilian and military) with responsibilities in homeland security. Its purpose is to develop strategies, plans and programs to prevent, protect from, respond to and recover from terrorist and other catastrophic events within the United States.

“Kudos to Sue Graves for this wonderful opportunity,” said Superintendent Steve Boynton. “We are fortunate to have Ms. Graves in our district, as she is a nationally known school safety expert.”

Editor’s note:

Ms. Graves works very closely with her emergency preparedness and management co-hort Deputy Jenny Demaris of the Sheriff’s Office, pictured above with Ms. Graves, as they attended FEMA tsunami preparedness training at NOAA Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Both have worked tirelessly over the past few years to prepare Lincoln County residents for “the big one,” the infamous Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake which, as troublesome as it may be for many to grasp, will occur sometime in the future and people must be prepared for it. Both Ms. Graves and Ms. Demaris are both unheralded leaders in bringing Lincoln County to terms with what lies ahead but which can be largely overcome with smart planning and coordinating the way we respond to it. Like any herculean effort, it’s a work in progress and Lincoln County is blessed to have two powerfully determined women to do everything in their power to get us all through the event as safely as possible, should it happen in our lifetime.

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