emergency preparedness

Emergency Preparedness - Earthquakes
4:51 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Annual Earthquake Drill Shakes Things Up In Missouri, Illinois

Earthquake Program Manager Steve Besemer of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency talks about earthquake safety with third graders at Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School in Columbia, Mo.
Missouri Shake Out/SEMA

This morning, residents of Missouri, Illinois, and seven other Central U.S. states participated in an earthquake preparedness drill.

The annual event is known as the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. This year, close to three million people registered to participate.

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Flu Vaccine
4:40 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Not All St. Louis-Area EMTs Are Getting Vaccinated Against the Flu

(National Institutes of Health)

As many as a quarter of EMTs and other emergency medical personnel in the St. Louis area may not be getting annual flu vaccinations, according to a new study out of Saint Louis University.

Saint Louis University nurse researcher and study lead Terri Rebmann says many study participants had misconceptions about the flu vaccine.

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Severe Weather
5:20 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

New, ramped-up tornado warnings to start Monday

Joplin residents look through the remains of their house on May 24, 2011, two days after an EF-5 tornado devastated the city.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

As of Monday, the National Weather Service will be issuing a new kind of tornado warning in Missouri and Kansas.

The new, more forceful and explicit messages are designed to get attention and drive people to take shelter during dangerous storms.

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Emergency Preparedness - Earthquakes
5:51 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Central U.S. marks 200th anniversary of New Madrid quakes with earthquake drill

A U.S. Geological Survey map of the United States showing zones of seismic hazard.
(USGS)

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is an annual event intended to raise awareness about what to do in the event of a major earthquake.

Steve Besemer of the Missouri Emergency Management Agency says in Missouri and Illinois, more than 900,000 people, most of them students, participated in today's drill.

He says if an earthquake hits, there are three simple steps people should follow.

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Tornado sirens - test
5:00 am
Mon January 9, 2012

St. Louis Co. to retest some tornado sirens this week

St. Louis County will retest 18 of its new tornado warning sirens this week. Pictured is a warning siren in Kansas.
(via Wikimedia Commons/FEMA Photo Library)

St. Louis County will be re-testing some of its tornado sirens this week.

The county has already tested the new omni-directional, solar-powered warning system twice since Labor Day.

But a spokesman for the county’s Department of Highways and Traffic and Public Works, David Wrone, says residents living near 18 of the sirens haven’t been able to hear them.

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Radio contract
8:40 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Motorola gets contract for County emergency radio system

(via Flickr/ines_saraiva)

Motorola Solutions has been awarded a $75 million contract to design a radio system for first responders in St. Louis County.

The system will allow more than 150 police departments, fire departments, paramedics and other public safety agencies to communicate directly with each other by radio. Officials say their inability to do that makes it difficult to respond to disasters effectively.

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National emergency test
4:57 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for next week

(via Flickr/Filipão 28)

Federal officials will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) next week.

It’s scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, November 9th, and will be broadcast over every radio station, TV station and cable network across the country.  Mike O’Connell with the Missouri Department of Public Safety says state officials are helping spread the word, so that residents don’t mistake the test for a real emergency.

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Sept. 11: A Decade Later
6:35 am
Thu September 8, 2011

St. Louis region is ready to respond if disaster strikes, but funding cuts have some concerned

(See more photos in the slideshow in the story below).
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The federal government has provided millions of dollars to state and local governments to get them prepared to respond to the next 9/11.

In St. Louis and other regions across the country, the funds allowed fire departments to purchase equipment for all types of rescues and train their people to use the equipment. The requirements of the federal grants forced agencies to work together.

But federal funding dropped by more than 50 percent between fiscal years 2010 and 2011, and no one is sure how much money will be available for fiscal year 2012. And that’s raising some concerns about the sustainability of the region’s plan to respond to a mass disaster.

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Emergency Preparedness - Earthquakes
5:28 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Missouri participates in national earthquake drill

USGS 2008 earthquake hazard map showing a high risk zone along the new Madrid fault (PGA, 2% in 50 years).
(U.S. Geological Survey)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is holding drills across six states this week to see how prepared they are for a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault.

FEMA is teaming up with the military, as well as local hospitals, shelters and morgues for the simulation.

Beth Freeman is the FEMA regional administrator for Missouri and several neighboring states.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Morning headlines: April 4, 2011

An interior view of the dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Missouri Senate Committee to Release Redistricting Map Today

A Missouri Senate committee is preparing to consider a plan for developing new congressional districts. Missouri is losing one of its nine seats in the U.S. House, and the state Legislature is responsible for drawing the boundaries of the eight resulting districts. The Senate committee on redistricting is scheduled to release its proposed map today.

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