Boone County Ready Festival

September is National Preparedness Month! Learn more about National Preparedness Month.

About the Event

OEM will be hosting our annual, community-wide Boone County Ready Festival on Thursday, September 12th, 2024, to recognize everyday heroes in the response and preparedness fields while fostering preparedness and building resiliency in our community. This year the family and pet-friendly event will be from 4pm to 8pm Cosmo Park in Columbia. We will have food, activities, crafts, live music and more! Check out our event brochure to learn more about this annual community event.

The event has been renamed to align with the community preparedness campaign, Boone County Ready, that was launched March of 2022. Boone County Ready aims to enhance community preparedness, foster collaboration and build resilience by engaging our citizens in actively preparing for emergencies and disasters. Learn more about Boone County Ready and find the tools that you need to be better prepared.

Vendor Registration

The Boone County Office of Emergency Management is interested in vendors or organizations in the emergency management, public safety, mental health, emergency preparedness, or related fields.

Prospective vendors can register for the 2024 Ready Festival using this SurveyMonkey link.


If you are interested in more information about sponsoring the 2024 event, please email us at or call 573-554-7900.

Tom S. Hurley Public Safety Service Award

Each year we accept nominations from the Boone County community to recognize someone who goes above and beyond to serve others. Nominations for 2024 will be accepted from June 1st - July 31st.

Nominations are reviewed and awardees selected by a comprehensive committee of community members in the public service industry. The 2024 committee is composed of individuals from the following organizations:

2024 Award Selection Committee Members Include Representatives From:

  • Boone County Office of Emergency Management
  • Boone Health
  • Boone County Fire Protection District
  • Ashland Police Department
  • Missouri River Relief
  • Truman VA Hospital
  • Family of Tom Hurley
  • Friends of Tom Hurley

Learn more about the Tom S. Hurley Public Safety Service Award.

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