St. Louisans are lucky to be free of hurricanes, tropical storms, mudslides and tsunamis. But the Lou gets hit regularly by tornadoes and floods, and sits close enough to the New Madrid Fault to be at risk for serious earthquake activity. These threats, along with potential events like terrorism, pandemics, power outages and winter storms, are much less damaging to families that are prepared. Getting some first aid and CPR training, putting together a preparedness kit and knowing where to turn locally for support and information could be lifesaving in case of emergency.
Greater St. Louis Red Cross
10195 Corporate Square
Creve Coeur, MO 63132
If a disaster strikes, it will be too late to get the training you need to help your neighbors and loved ones. Sign up for a class now through the Red Cross. First Aid, CPR and AED certification classes are offered all over the area and typically cost $90 to $110. Look for a class that includes first aid training as well as CPR for adults and children. The Red Cross website also offers online presentations on disaster preparedness for individuals, businesses and students.
REI St. Louis
1703 S. Brentwood Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63144
REI is a store for hikers, bikers, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts. But the store’s selection of equipment that could be useful in an emergency is unparalleled in the St. Louis area. The same gear that is useful to backpackers and campers is invaluable in your disaster preparedness kit. Stock your kit with your choice of gear: water filtration tools, packs of dehydrated food, miniature cookstoves and fuel, emergency blankets, headlamps, first aid kits and so much more. Everything you need for survival in an emergency can be found in the camping equipment section of your local REI store.
All Ready? is an “emergency preparedness initiative designed to help the St. Louis region prepare for emergencies by providing residents with a resource to help them take steps toward emergency preparedness.” The website provides specific instructions on how to make and develop an emergency plan, what to include in your preparedness kit and where to turn locally for information in an emergency. There are links to information on a variety of potential emergencies, from terrorism to pandemic.
St. Louis County Department of Health
6121 N. Hanley Road
Berkeley, MO 63134
The County Department of Health offers a specific webpage on disaster preparedness. Information on bio-terrorism, homeland security and influenza are featured. The Department also offers a phone number to call to report a public health emergency: (314) 615-7677. The agency recommends that hazardous materials be reported to 911. Links from the county’s disaster preparedness page lead to more information about influenza pandemics and the Medical Reserve Corps, a volunteer group specifically organized to deal with emergencies.
City of St. Louis Department of Health
1200 Market St.
Saint Louis, MO 63103
Like the county, the city offers disaster preparedness resources through its Department of Health and uses its website to offer information to the public. The general disaster preparedness page, available by clicking here, leads to a collection of local resources for emergency situations. Click here for the city’s recommendations on individual preparation. The website also offers information on how to volunteer with the Health Department’s Emergency Response Team, the local Red Cross and other agencies.