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Emergency responders prep for severe weather

A seminar and table-top exercise hosted by the Missouri State of Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) was held in Milan on Tuesday. (MGN Online)

Severe weather can happen at a moment's notice; that's why Missourians are encouraged to plan safety measures in advance.

Temperatures may be in the 80's, but despite that, community officials and emergency personnel learned how to deal with long-term power outages due to ice storms.

A seminar and table-top exercise hosted by the Missouri State of Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) was held in Milan on Tuesday.

Personnel from Sullivan, Putnam, Schuyler and Adair counties were in attendance.

Nick Goeke, Training and Exercise Program Manager with SEMA, told KTVO this seminar is just one of many held across Missouri.

"We do about four of these training's per year, per region in the state. So, we do about 36 exercises per year with emergency managers and basically the whole community on a wide variety of any of the disasters that can occur in the state."

The table-top allowed for a candid discussion on the actions each entity would take in the event of an ice storm, or other disaster.

The most important sentiment echoed during the exercise was the importance of working together.

"What are some of the things they would do? What are some mutual aid that they could do with some neighboring counties that maybe aren't affected to be able to have services up and running for the local constituents that they take care of?"

You and your family can also stay safe by following the "Ready in 3 Plan."

Step 1: Create a plan

  • Discuss how family members will be reached in emergency situations.
  • Designate a safe space to find each other: one in the neighborhood and another farther away.

Step 2: Prepare a kit

  • You should have a kit for your home, car and at work.
  • Supply the kits with water, canned foods, first aid items and flashlights.

Step 3: Listen for information

  • Get as much information on the situation as possible.
  • Follow instructions and advice developed by city, county and state officials.
  • Stay up-to-date on any severe weather event with KTVO on-air and online.

For more information on how to stay safe in the event of severe weather, click here.


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