It is with a saddened heart that the Safety Council of the Ozarks announces that we will be closing our doors effective January 31, 2015.
After almost 40 years, this has been a difficult decision to make and one that was not made lightly and only after many months of discussion with the staff and the Board of Directors. Due to the changing nature of our business and declining numbers of participants we have found it difficult to maintain our office functions. We implemented several changes over the past year, added new programs and were working on additional programs but at some point we had to face the facts. Thank you for your support over the years. All of us here at the Safety Council are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with people like you who are truly dedicated to saving lives. We cannot think of a more noble cause.
We have tried to anticipate any questions you may have and have included details on membership, training, and more below. In order to make certain that everyone received this email we have included several lists and apologize for any duplicate emails you receive.
For those of you who hold membership with the Safety Council, thank you for this support. Your membership is joint with the National Safety Council and you will continue to receive the same great programs and opportunities through the NSC at www.nsc.org, 800-621-7615. Membership renewals and payments will be processed through the National Safety Council.
For training and other occupational safety resources we offer the following:
NSC Chapters: You can access a complete list of chapters on the NSC website.
Those closest to our area include:
- National Safety Council, Ark-La-Tex Chapter
- Oklahoma Safety Council
- Iowa-Illinois Safety Council
- NSC Training Calendar
All Sub Agency Agreements for First Aid/CPR, Flagger, DDC4, DDC6/8 and any othersthat are in place will remain as they currently are. Any instructor renewals and other communication related to these agreements, that had previously come from the Safety Council of the Ozarks, will come from the National Safety Council.
Orders for training materials can be made through the National Safety Council Customer Service Department at 800-621-7619.
To Courts and Attorneys:
- Referrals to SATOP can be made to any certified SATOP provider in the state of Missouri. A provider list can be found here. Client files for any client who completed their assessment or class through the Safety Council of the Ozarks will be redirected to the Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health office in Jefferson City. Contact 573-522-4020.
- For referrals to an approved Driver Improvement Program (8 hour course), please contact the Missouri Safety Center. The National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course is offered in Bolivar by the Bolivar Safety Academy, which can be contacted by calling 417-326-8411.
- The Alive at 25 course is a program of the National Safety Council, and the only local provider is OCCS in Lebanon, which can be contacted by calling 417-533-3221.
- Minor Awareness Program (MAP) and Supplying Alcohol to Minors (SAM) clients can be referred to Alternatives Counseling at 417-883-7227.
- Clients who have received a DWI and need a victim impact panel course can contact MADD here.
Safety Alliance Groups: These groups will meet in February 2015 and have the opportunity to discuss how they want to move forward. Speakers for Joplin and Springfield have been confirmed.
With the decision to close also comes the decision to cancel the 2015 Mid America Safety, Health and Environmental Conference and Expo. There has already been an immense amount of work done for 2015 which made our decision to close even harder. To those of you who have served on our Conference Committee, thank you for all your hard work recruiting speakers for this year and for all that you have done to contribute to the success of past conferences.
Again, to everyone, we cannot express our gratitude enough for your support over the years. We wish each of you continued success and hope that someday our paths will cross again on our journey to safety excellence.
Debora S. Biggs
Safety Council of the Ozarks