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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7:04 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kinder blasts Nixon Admin. for skipping disaster recovery hearing

Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, pictured here in 2010.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) is criticizing Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administration for not taking part in a disaster recovery hearing Tuesday at the State Capitol.

A House interim committee appointed to examine the state’s response to last year’s flooding and tornadoes held what was supposed to be its final hearing – but it ended early when no one from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) or the Department of Public Safety showed up.  Kinder, who chairs the committee, says they will now send a letter to the Nixon Administration asking for written testimony.

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