Preparing for the Worst
Leaders hope the 300 participants learn something they can apply back home, throughout the state in various organizations.
"We need to make sure we can prepare for anything, from an earthquake to the response we might need to have to help those people who might be impacted by the hurricane season again," said the department's Julie Eckstein.
Speakers included experts from Houston, Boston and as far away as Israel.
"When members of our public health community are able to get together on a regular basis and improve those relationships," Eckstein added, "we know we can do a better job of communicating, coordinating and collaborating when it comes to responding to any kind of disaster."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has nominated Missouri's Ready in Three program for its Best Practice Award. The Department of Health and Senior Services has videotapes about the Ready in Three program to hep schools, businesses and the general public prepare for emergencies.