Phil Amtower

Director, Christian County Emergency Management / Task Force Leader MOCERT1

Course: CERT Regionalization

For the past 23 years, Phil Amtower has served at the Emergency Management Director of Christian County, Missouri and he also currently serves as the Task Force Leader for MO CERT 1.

Before Mr. Amtower became the Director of Emergency Management, he served as a volunteer firefighter. Mr. Amtower was appointed as Director in January, 1997 by the County Commission. Since then, he has directed the response to 9 Presidentially Declared disasters.

Mr. Amtower started the local county volunteer C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) team in 2003 and has since trained over 1,300 people in program. After seeing several large destructive events in the region, Mr. Amtower saw the need to form the regional CERT group called MO CERT 1. The basic premise was to harness a stronger response group that would bring more assets and personnel into a regionally deployable team that would be available to response to a variety of events.  The MO CERT 1 team has been deployed to:  Joplin, MO; Moore, OK; Baxter Springs, KS; Quapaw, OK and Branson, MO. The team has a FEMA Type III S&R Team as well as a FEMA Type III Mass Care Team in place. In 2014 MOCERT1 was awarded the FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award for Outstanding Community Response Team Initiatives.  Also in 2014 Phil Amtower received the Presidential White House Award for Champion of Change for his service in Emergency Management.