Military and Civilian Responders Practice Earthquake Response
COLUMBIA - Military and civilian experts planned for catastrophic disasters on Friday the 29th. 75 military and civilian planners came together from the four-state area of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The planners simulated an earthquake in southeastern Missouri that would leave hundreds dead and thousands homeless. The last large earthquake in southeastern Missouri reportedly rang church bells in Boston. They also planned urban search and rescue, medical air evacuation, medical triage and treatment and moving critical supplies.
The planners include members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and civilian experts. The planners also worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the Missouri National Guard, and other Missouri agencies.
In the case of a catastrophic event the governor's final step would be to mobilize the military. All events are handled at the local level first.
The military said that the state of Missouri is very prepared and in the case of a catastrophic event the people would be in good hands.
The seven day training ends the 31st.