A modern-day earthquake along the New Madrid fault line in southeast Missouri could leave major population centers like Nashville and St. Louis devastated. Jackson County will participate in a drill simulating the response to such a disaster.
“Show Me Mass Care Exercise” planned for several locations
KANSAS CITY, MO (Aug. 22, 2016) – Jackson County announced today that the county’s Emergency Preparedness team will be participating in a statewide disaster drill planned for several county locations on Aug. 24, 2016.
The “Show Me Mass Care Exercise” begins the week of Aug. 22 and runs through Aug. 25. The event includes the Missouri Department of Public Safety through the Missouri State of Emergency Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VII, as well as the City of Independence’s Emergency Management team. The Show Me Exercise involves eight mid-central states: Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas.
The State of Missouri is the lead state for the exercise, which will rehearse a potential major earthquake along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. This major seismic zone is a prolific source of earthquakes in the southern and Midwestern U.S., stretching southwest from New Madrid, Mo. The event will simulate the efforts needed to accommodate a mass evacuation from the St. Louis area and other areas of eastern Missouri to facilities in Jackson County.
Jackson County Emergency Preparedness is a leading participant in the state for the number of elements and positions exercised during the event. These elements include an evacuee reception center, two mass care shelters, two pet shelters, a distribution site for emergency supplies, mass feeding locations and a multi-agency coordination center.
More than 500 volunteers from the Jackson County area will be participating in the event, and more than 50 different local, county, state and federal agencies will be involved.
“Jackson County is proud to be participating in this important exercise,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “We know that in a real emergency, we would be relied upon for our resources and expertise.”
White will be onsite Aug. 24 to greet volunteers at 10 a.m. at the Mass Care Shelter #2 location at Crowne Point Church, 5950 Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064.