Five Ways To Be Disaster Ready In St. Louis

January 16, 2015 7:00 AM

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St. Louis is no stranger to natural disaster. In 1993, the U.S. Geological Survey measured the highest level of flooding since 1844 at St. Louis on the Mississippi River. In 1811, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of St Louis and caused the Mississippi River to reverse its flow. In 1896, one of the largest tornadoes ever recorded devastated St. Louis. The greater St. Louis-area resides on the New Madrid Fault; the City of St. Louis is built on a network of natural caves that cause more instability during an earthquake. Three rivers, the Mississippi, the Missouri and the Meramec Rivers, creating a flood threat, surround the St. Louis area. Because of St Louis’ unique location, the area is positioned for tornados from both the east and west tornado vortexes. Tornadoes are the most dominate recurring threat in the St. Louis area.

The city and county of St. Louis stress emergency preparedness and self-reliance. The Top Resources For Emergency Preparedness In St. Louis lists five resources to contact after a natural disasters. However, developing a checklist for self-reliance and taking pro-active steps to protect your family is essential in a natural disaster.

Twister Safe
9479 Gateway Drive
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 782-1039
www.twistersafe.comTwister Safe is a family-owned business located close to Joplin. Twister Safe began in 2004 as Enos Davis saw there was a need in the Missouri area for handicap-accessible, interior storm shelters that were both affordable and simple to install in new or existing construction. The shelters stood the test in 2011 when the eighth deadliest tornado in history destroyed Joplin, Mo.

St. Louis County Government
41 South Central
Clayton, MO 63105
(314) 615-5000
www.stlouisco.comThe St. Louis County government has published guidelines to ensure citizens have the resource to assemble an emergency supply kit (follow the above link). This gives clear guidelines for how much food and water residents will need, in addition to tools and supplies to keep in stock. The emergency supply kit includes sleeping bags, a whistle to alert first responders to your presence and suggestions on medications.

St. Louis City Hall
1200 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 622-4800
www.stlouis-mo.govThe City of St. Louis has an excellent guide for residents to prepare for any one of the natural disasters that occur in the greater St. Louis area. At the link above, you will learn the value of making a family plan and staying informed about the situation. The guide covers the area emergency warning systems and how residents should react. Residents that prepare for a natural or man-made disaster are more likely to survive and be available to help others.

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Missouri Department Of Public Safety
State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)
2302 Militia Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 526-9100
www.sema.dps.mo.govFlooding is a common hazard in Missouri. Major flooding occurs more slowly and allows time to prepare. However, flash flooding occurs more frequently and requires preparations. SEMA has resources for Missouri residents to contact in case they are stranded, and guidelines to prepare for flooding in your area.

Laclede Gas Company
720 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314) 342-0500
www.lacledegas.comFires and explosions often occur after the danger has passed. Laclede Gas Company recognizes that the St. Louis region is seismically active. The local gas company has published earthquake safety tips and guidelines for earthquake preparedness for homeowners and businesses. In their flyer Earthquake and natural gas safety tips, Laclede Gas offers advice for protecting your home and business before an earthquake, and actions to take when an earthquake has occurred.

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Missouri Farm Bureau
701 S. Country Club Drive
P.O. Box 658
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(800) 922-4632
www.mofbinsurance.comBeing prepared also means insuring your home against the natural disasters that occur in the St. Louis area. Missouri Farm Bureau insurance is dedicated to offering home and farm protection to Missouri residents. Missouri Farm Bureau agents live and work in Missouri and the greater St. Louis area. While the insurance company offers the standard home and auto, Missouri Farm Bureau offers earthquake insurance and flood insurance designed for these disasters that occur in the greater St. Louis area.

Pennee Struckman is an accounting professional in St Louis, MO. She currently writes for Examiner.com on topics related to parenting teenagers and living well on a budget in St. Louis. She is also a professional financial management writer with articles and white papers published by a well-known information firm. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.