Earthquake Meeting

1 decade 3 years 10 months ago Friday, December 09 2005 Dec 9, 2005 Friday, December 09, 2005 10:12:08 PM CST December 09, 2005 in News

Gov. Blunt brought his department heads in front of TV cameras to talk about Missouri's emergency response. He announced that directors from state agencies such as the National Guard, the Highway Patrol, and SEMA are working on plans in case an earthquake.

"So each agency, each department, they reviewed them, they looked at their preparedness and how they would respond to a major earthquake," said Ron Reynolds, SEMA director. "That's what the meeting was all about today."

They focused on earthquakes, because of the New Madrid Fault in Missouri's Bootheel.

"Since Hurricane Katrina, federal agencies have worked alongside national and local governments to improve response times in case of an earthquake," Reynolds explained.

Each committee specializes in one area. For example, MoDOT and the National Guard have been looking for transportation routes that would be safe during an earthquake.

"To specifically identify in advance the major routes that are least likely to be affected by the hurricane and prepare plans in the event that a bridge is damaged," explained King Sidwell, adjutant general of Missouri.

Even though state governments are making these preparations, it's still important for everyone to have a plan.

"Is have a ready kit. Have it prepared with water, food, medicine, other items that you might need for a 96-hour period," added Sidwell.

As the country learned in New Orleans, it's better to be safe than sorry. The committees will continue meeting every four months, so their plans don't become dated.

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