Jackson County to Participate
in New Madrid Earthquake Exercise

May 13, 2011 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – The Jackson County Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Office will be participating in a national level exercise next week to simulate the potential effects and aftermath of a major earthquake event along the New Madrid fault.

The exercise will begin next Monday, May 16 and conclude Friday, May 20. The event is being coordinated nationwide by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and regionally by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Many other state and local agencies will be participating.

Throughout the week, Jackson County Emergency Preparedness and Independence, Missouri Emergency Preparedness will be working to assess response and recovery capabilities in the event of a disaster. The exercise is also designed to ensure key functions such as communication, citizen evacuation and mass care including sheltering, feeding and medical services.

In the event of a major event along the New Madrid fault, it is expected that the Kansas City Metropolitan area would need the ability to host as many as 100,000 displaced residents from eastern Missouri and other affected locations.

For more information and a schedule of events, you can visit the Jackson County Emergency Preparedness website at www.jacksongov.org/emergencyprepare.


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