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Employment History

Illinois Terrorism Task Force

Illinois Emergency Management Agency


Vice Chairman
Central United States Earthquake Consortium

Board Member
Central United States Earthquake Consortium


Bachelor of Science degree
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

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"This video game is an exciting ...

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"This video game is an exciting new way to reach young people with the preparedness message," said Mike Chamness, IEMA senior policy adviser and chairman of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force.

"While the game uses an earthquake scenario and should increase awareness of the earthquake risk in Illinois, it also drives home the importance of having a preparedness kit at your home and being prepared for all types of disasters," Chamness said.
The game, called "The Day the Earth Shook," was developed by the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Center for Public Safety and Justice, which is within the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.
The project, which had a total cost of $286,000, was funded through federal homeland security grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Chamness said Benton's location within the New Madrid Seismic Zone made BGS a prime spot for the release of the game.
One student even asked Chamness if the game would feature more levels of competition.

NEWS: IBHE Focuses On Campus Security

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Mike Chamness, who helps lead the CSTF Response Committee and is Chairman of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force;

Chamness will discuss the activities of the Task Force's Response Committee, including distribution of interoperable radios, all-hazards training sessions sponsored by the CSTF, guidance on emergency communications systems, and characteristics of model plans for confronting man-made or natural emergencies.

CUSEC - Board of Directors

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Mr. Michael Chamness, State DirectorIllinois Emergency Management Agency110 E. Adams StreetSpringfield, Illinois 62701Phone: (217) 782-2700Fax: (217) 524-7967

Michael Chamness, Director, ...

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Michael Chamness, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Michael ChamnessDirector, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Chamness is the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency appointed to the cabinet position by Governor Ryan in February of 1999.He also serves as Chairman of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force as established by the Governor's Executive Order, and as Chairman of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).
Chamness is a member of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Terrorism Committee and a former member of the NEMA Board of Directors.He also is Vice Chairman of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) and a member of CUSEC's Board of Directors.
Prior to coming to IEMA, Chamness served eight years as Director in the Office of the Secretary of State where he also served as chairman of the Graduated Drivers License Task Force.
Chamness also worked as a newspaper editor at the Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale and later at the State-Journal Register newspaper in Springfield.In the newspaper business, Chamness won a national award for column writing and state awards for his series on Title IX and for coverage of a crash of an Air Illinois flight.
Chamness is a graduate of Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.He also was winner of the Oldham Paisley Journalism Scholarship at SIU-C.He lives in Rochester with his wife, Peggy, and has two daughters, Angela and Cindy.
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Jo Napolitano ยป Twisters Sweep Midwest, Killing at Least 8 in Rural Illinois Town | Writer, reporter, editor

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"The only reason they would have been in the basement was to seek shelter, said Mike Chamness, the senior policy director for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

The two-story Milestone Tap was by far the most devastated building in Utica, with each floor collapsing onto the basement, where some patrons may have gone to seek shelter, Mr. Chamness said.
"Sometimes, you go according to the book, which in the case of a tornado means getting to the lowest level or an interior room, and things can still turn out tragically," Mr. Chamness said.

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