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Increased Earthquake Preparations Discussed for Missouri

October 11, 2005
By: Kristen Commander
State Capital Bureau

Vice Chair of Missouri's Environmental Committee says Missouri needs to prepare for the worst when it comes to earthquakes.

Kristen Commander has more from Jefferson City.

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State Senator Kevin Engler, a Republican from Farmington, says a lot of areas in the state lack a concrete plan for earthquake preparedness.

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"There is supposed to be a plan designed. But one design and practicing and implementing the plan, two different subjects."

Senator Engler says many of the current plans are based on past earthquake predictions. He says the state should review those plans to make sure Missouri residents aren't caught off guard.

Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Kristen Commander

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U.S. Senator Jim Talent and Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson are calling for more earthquake preparation in Missouri. Kristen Commander has more from the Jefferson City.

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Senator Talent and Congresswoman Emerson want to schedule earthquake preparedness exercises along the New Madrid Fault Zone which runs from southeast Missouri to southern Illinois. A spokesmen for Senator Talent, Rich Chrismer, says the Senator would like to start the exercises as soon as possible.

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"We just need to make sure that through these exercises that our local, state, and federal response teams are prepared to the fullest extend possible to protect lives and relieve human suffering in the event of a major earthquake."

Chrismer says Senator Talent also wants the state to re-evaluate the current earthquake preparedness programs and see what can be done to improve. Reporting from the capital, I'm Kristen Commander.

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Two top Republican leaders say they would like earthquake drills in Missouri. Kristen Commander has more from Jefferson City.

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U.S. Senator Jim Talent and U.S. Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson are urging the Director of Homeland Security to schedule earthquake preparedness exercises for Missouri. Southeast Missouri is home to the New Madrid Fault Zone, the site of many very powerful earthquakes. A spokesman for Senator Talent, Rich Chrismer, says the state needs to make Missouri more safe.

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"There is a clear need for local, state, and federal responders to train together to be better prepared in general in the event of a disaster that requires wide-spread relief efforts."

Chrismer says the earthquake preparedness exercises could include evacuation drills to check the state's response time. Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Kristen Commander.