The St. Louis Regional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan
What it is and Why Planners Should Care
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
11:30am – 1:30pm
Gary Pondrom, Sustainability Planner - East-West Gateway Council of Governments
John Pyron, Director - Disaster and Emergency Services Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri
Ina McCaine-Obenland, Operations & Training Coordinator - St. Charles County Division of Emergency Management
EWG staff will discuss the planning process, ask for input regarding county and municipal pre-disaster all-hazard needs, and cover mitigation actions which would be most beneficial —safe rooms, buyouts of flood-prone structures, citizen education/awareness campaigns or other funding-eligible activities. Taking actions to minimize exposure to natural disasters can save lives and prevent tens—perhaps 100s of thousands—of dollars of damage to public infrastructure and properties.
Every five years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires that the St. Louis Regional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan be updated and adopted by resolution of the governing body of a municipality, county or public school district for it to remain eligible to apply for federal/state pre-mitigation funding assistance. East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) and its planning partners have been working on this update for Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis Counties and the City of St. Louis.
COADs -Community Organizations Active in Disaster - provide a great platform for launching unmet needs in their communities in the event of a disaster event, but they also do much more. Permanently established COADs encompass the phases of emergency management: mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. John Pyron, Director, Disaster and Emergency Services Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri and a leader in COADs, will give an overview of COADs, the increased interest in the forming COADs in our region, and discuss how communities can form their own COAD.
Another key in Hazard Mitigation planning is active CERT - Community Emergency Response Teams. CERTs educate people about disaster preparedness for hazards and trains them in basic disaster response skills. CERT members can assist others following an event when professional responders are not available. Ina McCaine-Obenland, Operations & Training Coordinator at St. Charles County Division of Emergency Management, will present an overview of CERTs and how Emergency Management Agencies coordinate response activities.
1.5 CM Credits Pending
St. Peters City Hall
Cultural Arts Centre – Room A
One St. Peters Centre Blvd.
St. Peters, MO 63376
11:30 – 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 – 1:30 PM Presentation & Discussion (note the 1.5 hour presentation time)
No later than Friday, November 14th at NOON
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