Jackson County to Simulate Reception Center
and Shelter for New Madrid Earthquake Exercise

May 18, 2011 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – The Jackson County Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Office will be conducting a simulated reception center on Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 8:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M. at the Independence Events Center (19100 East Valley View Parkway, Independence, Missouri). The public is encouraged to visit the reception center site, which is one part of a national level exercise this week, simulating the potential effects and aftermath of a major earthquake event along the New Madrid fault.

A reception center would be a place for evacuees to go in order to obtain information on finding food, water and shelter. If such an earthquake were to hit, 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. 

Jackson County Emergency Preparedness and Independence, Missouri Emergency Preparedness are conducting this simulation jointly with the American Red Cross to test the county and city’s capability of running a smooth and efficient reception center, in the event of a disaster. 

Also on Thursday, Jackson County and the City of Independence will be working with the Red Cross on simulating a 500 bed shelter, where displaced residents could stay temporarily. The shelter simulation will take place at the Remnant Church in Independence, Missouri (2820 South Highway 291).

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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