Tami lives in Southeast Kansas on a small pecan farm. Self-employed, she works in the field when need be and occasionally dabbles in finance and bookkeeping supporting her husband’s engineering firm. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Wichita State University and much prefers small business culture to her previous career as an IT infrastructure systems administrator working at a corporate monolith.
Tami has significant disaster response and management training. In addition to the basic courses, Tami has completed Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents (ICS 300), Advanced Incident Command System, Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents (ICS 400) and the basic Public Information Officer course (G0290) to name a few. She is certified as a search and rescue technician (SARTECH II), and recently trained in large animal response, and ASAR floodwater/slackwater response. She intends to complete ASAR swiftwater and ice rescue courses as soon as possible. Her interest is in search and rescue response (SAR) for both animal and lost persons alike. When requested, she responds to KDWP, LEOs, and local fire personnel for assistance with wildlife capture/transport, pets affected by house fires, and animal cruelty/neglect cases.
For the past three years, Tami Johnson has served as KSSART’s Southeast Regional Liaison. During that time she coordinated the first offering of Train Today, Respond Tomorrow training as well as two hands-on animal handling clinics (small animal and equine). Seeing the team’s need for equipment, she wrote an ASPCA grant application that was awarded to KSSART then managed the selection, purchase, transport and current housing arrangements of the region’s first CAMET trailer and some durables.
Tami values relationships with key agencies and represents KSSART as an active member in several regional groups including the SE Kansas Emergency Manager’s Association (KEMA), the Southeast Kansas Healthcare Coalition (SEK HCC), the 4 Corners Emergency Management Group (KS, MO, OK, AR), and a few Local Emergency Planning Commissions (LEPCs). Tami also volunteers with her local fire department and county emergency management office writing and administering federal grant applications for capital purchases, equipment, and training.