Van Buren Fall Festival 2016

2016 Annual Fall Festival

Autumn is welcomed in old-fashioned style as Van Buren opens historic Main Street for the Fall Festival. Over 200 exhibitors will be displaying fine artwork, handcrafted items, antiques, and collectibles.  The 2016 festival is scheduled for October 7th to the 9 th, and will be held rain or shine.

Friday evening features a concert with the starting at 7:00pm.  Saturday and Sunday offer arts & crafts plus all day entertainment, with a concert on Saturday at 7:00pm.

For general information visit The Old Town Merchants website, or call Lonnie London at 580-467-6377. For vendor information call Mindy at 580-656-0717.  The vendor application may also be accessed online.

Earthquake Training

ADEM provides a variety of earthquake related trainings each year. If you are interested in hosting courses for your agency, organization or community, please contact the Earthquake Program Manager at 501-683-6700. Below is a detailed list of the trainings ADEM has to offer. To register as a student or view any upcoming courses, please visit the Emergency Management Training

ATC20 – Post Earthquake Safety Evaluations of Buildings – Provides training on the rapid and detailed evaluation procedures for evaluating earthquake damaged buildings and properly identifying them as “Inspected”, “Limited entry”, or “Unsafe”. This course does qualify for 7.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH).

FEMA154/ ATC21 – Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards – This course helps students to identify potentially hazardous buildings prior to a seismic event. This helps students to be able to create a quick inventory of buildings and rank structures based on their expected safety and usability during and after a seismic event.

E74/P909 – Reducing the Risk of Non-structural Earthquake Damage – Provides students with sources of where non-structural earthquake damage occurs and effective methods for reducing such damages. Non-structural components include areas of architectural, electrical, plumbing, furniture, fixtures, and other components of buildings.

P767 – Earthquake Mitigation for Hospitals – Students are introduced to earthquake hazards in healthcare settings and learn methods for analyzing and reducing these risks. Those who work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities and other medical entities are encouraged to participate. Such entities have unique non-structural components which could become sources of injury or damage, even in smaller seismic events. This course teaches students how to mitigate in a fashion that allows healthcare entities to remain operational during and after seismic events.

P593 – Seismic Rehabilitation Training for One and Two Family Wood-Frame Dwellings – Promotes rehabilitation of one and two family dwellings in order to help reduce earthquake damages and losses and increase the dwelling’s habitability following a seismic event.

P395 – Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools – This is a webinar course for school officials, teachers, facility managers, and other stakeholders interested in reducing earthquake risks in local schools. Attendees will learn how to assess and analyze seismic risks, develop actionable plans for reducing and managing these risks, secure non-structural components of school facilities, and how to affordably approach protecting existing buildings to ensure occupant safety.

Arkansas Emergency Managers: ADEM Area Coordinators


Central Area
Rick Kelley
(501) 683-6734
Northwest Area
Tim Gehring
(479) 938-0087
Northeast Area
Anthony Coy
(870) 935-3094
Southwest Area
Teresa Smith
(870) 722-8545
Southeast Area
Glen Beedle
(501) 554-0815

Suspicious Activity Reporting

Citizens of our state are encouraged to assist in the protection of our state and our state’s critical infrastructure. The most effective way to help is to report suspicious activity. Suspicious activity can be defined as: Observed activity and/ or behavior that is believed to be indicative of intelligence gathering that may be related to terrorism, criminal, or other illicit/illegal activity. Suspicious activity is unexpected, such a person visiting or working in an area where work is not generally performed. Persons wearing clothing not consistent with weather conditions (a person wearing a full length trench coat with boots in 70 degree weather is another example; this variable is the first and most obvious indicator of suspicion.

Some examples of suspicious activity may include, but are not limited to:

  • Eliciting Information
  • Testing of Security
  • Recruiting
  • Photography
  • Observation/ Surveillance
  • Materials Acquisition/ Storage
  • Acquisition of Expertise
  • Weapons Discovery
  • Sector – Specific Incident
  • Breach/ Attempted Intrusion
  • Misrepresentation
  • Theft/Loss/Diversion
  • Sabotage/ Tampering/ Vandalism
  • Cyber attack
  • Expressed or Implied Threat
  • Aviation Activity

There are also activities that may be indicators of a criminal or terrorist act. These
activities may take place at or near government or military facilities. They may also take
place at high profile sites, or places where large numbers of people congregate.
Some indicators of suspicious activity include:

  • Persons who provide false identification or documents;
  • The theft of official equipment, badges/ uniforms, technology, or documents from
    a facility;
  • Damaging or sabotaging a facility or infrastructure;
  • Attempting to disrupt or unlawfully access the Department’s information
    technology infrastructure (cyber attack);
  • Threatening (either orally or in writing) to damage a facility or infrastructure;
  • Operating an aircraft in a manner that reasonably may be interpreted as
    suspicious, or posing a threat to people or property;
  • Attempting to enter, or entering, a restricted area without authorization, and
    attempting to impersonate authorized personnel.

Suspicious activity can be reported by contacting the proper authorities or the Arkansas State Fusion Center at 866-787-2332 or by e-mail at

When reporting suspicious activity, give the most accurate description possible of the
situation, including:

  • The date, time, and location of the activity;
  • A brief description of the activity (who, what, when, where, and how);
  • Physical identifiers of the person(s) involved (height, hair color, etc); and
  • Descriptions of any vehicle (make, model, license plate number, etc).

Hot Weather Tips

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Active Shooter Preparedness Resources

Active Shooter Preparedness Resources

ISC Planning Response Active Shooter  – This document contains suggestions and best practices for the development of an Active Shooter Event (ASE) Emergency Action Plan.  This document was designed specifically for federally owned or operated building, but contains information that may be beneficial to any facility developing or updating an ASE plan.

Active Shooter Event Actions – This document is geared toward individuals and contains measures they can take to attempt to ensure their safety in an Active Shooter Event.


Useful Links:

Video is located on web page listed above.





Beyond Church will be sponsoring a Fireworks show on Friday, July 1, 2016. It will be at the Hilltop area at the Rudy Exit off I-49.
Events will start at 6:30 pm with food trucks, vendors, bounce around, and much more festivities until 8:30 pm.
9 pm the program will begin with songs, prayer, Marine’s presentation, music segment, kids leading the Pledge of Allegiance, retire the Colors, National Anthem and at 9:30 pm Fireworks will begin and ending approximately 9:50 pm.
There will be lots of parking available around the area so bring your kids, family, friends and neighbors (and plenty of water)!

Sebastian County Department of Emergency Management


8400 South Zero
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm

Phone: 479-783-3932
Emergency after hours dial 911

Ambulance Facility
205 South Coker
Greenwood, AR 72936

Phone: 479-784-1540

Ambulance Billing Department
Sebastian County Courthouse
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Phone: 479-783-1985
Email [link]

Emergency Management & Public Safety

The Office of Emergency Management & Public Safety is responsible for emergency responses, including 911 service, county ambulance service, and emergency planning. Sebastian County has an aggressive Training Program for the First Responders in the Rural Fire Departments. We currently have 78 First Responders in the Fire Departments; 35 are EMTs and 6 are paramedics. Funding for the department is provided by an $18 fee added to personal property tax, approved by voters in 1986.

Serviced Offered

  • Emergency management, including weather alerts
  • Floodplain information
  • Administration of storm shelter grants
  • Contact for local emergency planning committee
  • Managing the 911 system
  • Operation of two manned ambulances
  • Unit 1: staffed 24 hrs/day 7 days/week
  • Unit 2: staffed 24 hrs/day 7 days/week
  • Operation of 5 basic ambulances: Huntington and Lavaca
  • Support of 14 paramedic personnel


Day one will be presented on August 2-4, 2016

Day two will be presented on August 9-11, 2016

You may attend any of the day 1 or day two classes.


Training location will be Ft. Smith Fire Dept. Station 11, 8900 Massard  Rd. Fort Smith AR

Class times 0830 to 1700

Local contact is Heath Orabanec, Cell 918-774-7392


Description of class

Full 2-Day MERRTT Class


The Full 2-Day MERRTT program is delivered in approximately 16 classroom hours and includes all of the following modules:


1. Radiological Basics

2. Biological Effects

3. Radioactive Material Shipping Packages

4. Hazard Recognition

5. Initial Response Actions

6. Patient Handling

7. Incident Control

8. Radiological Survey Instruments & Dosimetry Devices

9. Transportation of Safeguards Material

10. DOE Shipments and Resources

11. Decontamination, Disposal and Documentation

12. Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

13. Pre-Hospital Practices

14. Transportation by Rail

15. Incident Command

16. Public Information Officer


In addition to the modules listed above, 5 practical hands-on activities will also be conducted. These activities will cover:


1. Radiological Instrument Use

2. Patient Handling

3. Assessing Package Integrity

4. Survey of Contaminated Personnel

5. Picture Practical


Interested contact:


AREA Representatives

Central Representative

Tamara Jenkins
White County Emergency Management Coordinator

Northeast Representative

David Moore
Craighead County Emergency Management Coordinator

Northwest Representative

Mike Dixon
Benton County Emergency Management Deputy Director

Southeast Representative

Shanda Harris
Arkansas County Emergency Management Coordinator

Southwest Representative

Walter Smith
Sevier County Emergency Management Coordinator