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Gerri Husband, a Clay County resident, is the director of the Field Services Division at IDHS. She has served IDHS as an exercise training manager, preparedness and training branch chief and most recently as the Assistant Director of the Field Services Division. Husband has an extensive background in public safety. Prior to joining IDHS, she served as the local public health coordinator and emergency management agency director in Clay County. She has a degree from Wabash Valley College, and numerous certificates in emergency management, fire safety and terrorism.
As director of the Field Services division, Husband will be responsible for the coordination of IDHS activities and the centralization of the resources that are most directly involved in establishing, supporting, and communicating with the District Planning Oversight Committees (DPOCs), District Planning Councils (DPCs), and District Task Forces (DTFs). The Field Services Division encompasses the IDHS district coordinators, the Chemical, Biological Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Team and the role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field coordination. The Field Services Division is also responsible for EMS coordination at the district level and will allocate IDHS support and resources to local and district partners, assisting the districts with formation and development of District Response Task Forces, increasing mass casualty and medical surge capabilities, and enhancing communication within the districts. Field Services staff will provide guidance and direction in support of local government (to include emergency responders) for technical assistance "subject matter expertise," in support of their efforts in planning, training, exercise, and response.