MACOMB — Edgar Rodriguez, McDonough County's new emergency services and disaster assistance coordinator, received his Illinois Emergency Management Association accreditation in Springfield on Tuesday morning. He told the county board's ESDA committee that night that he has been asked to review county emergency plans and make amendments over the next year.
Rodriguez said he would be given access to Homeland Security information as it impacts the county. He said several regulatory updates are anticipated over the next three years, with special emphasis on school safety.
The county ESDA director said he will work on five-year and 10-year plans to bring the county into line with statewide efforts. Rodriguez said he has been promised state assistance in getting equipment grants to replace older technology.
The ESDA office coordinated a weather spotter class for 49 people on April 3, participated in a regional preparedness session at the McDonough County Health Department, and will be represented next week at a meeting of the McDonough-Schuyler County Emergency Telephone System Board to discuss 911 operations.

Reach Patrick Stout by email at pstout@mcdonoughvoice.com.