Emergency management

Features

Photo of a man removing a smoke detector battery.
MU Extension expert recommends replacing older smoke detectors

If smoke alarms are over 10 years old, you should look at a replacement plan. Smoke alarms lose their sensitivity over time, and newer models have new capabilities. Read more

Be prepared for the next big storm

If an underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor. Stay away from windows. Read more

Watch a video about generator safety concerns

When the power goes out people need to be careful about how they try to stay warm. Gasoline-powered generators can help restore some power to homes, but if used incorrectly the generators can be deadly. Carbon monoxide can kill people in minutes. Read more

After a flood, think food safety

Floodwater often contains sewage or animal waste that could contaminate foods with harmful organisms. Read more

Keys to emergency preparedness

While security experts and law enforcement personnel are determined to make sure events like the Boston Marathon bombing never happen again. Read more

Keep important papers accessible

In an emergency, you won't have time to gather up important papers, like bank records, savings bonds and birth certificates. Use this guide to organize important records. Read more

About the Community Emergency Management Program

CEMP provides education and technical assistance to individual and families, local governments, businesses, schools and organizations in preparing and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Read more

News

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –  Tim Hartz, instructional support associate with the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI), participated in the Missouri Division of Fire Safety Stair Climb on Sunday, Sept. 10, in Jefferson City.
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  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) curriculum specialist Erin McGruder does more than just write about disaster response. McGruder, a member of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Missouri Task Force 1 (MO-TF1), deployed to Texas as a technical information specialist in response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastating August landfall.
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  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – David E. Hedrick, director of the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI), has announced that he will be retiring in October 2017. Hedrick joined MU FRTI as director in 2007.
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  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The catastrophic flooding in Texas underlines the need for families to prepare for disaster, says a University of Missouri Extension human development specialist.
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  • Friday, July 21, 2017
    BETHANY, Mo. – Be prepared for the next big storm BEFORE it happens in your area.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Editors: With flooding in parts of Missouri this, these ready-to-publish news releases may be of interest to your readers:
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – When storms, floods and other disasters leave damaged homes in their path, local contractors often get more business than they can handle. In many cases, out-of-town contractors will arrive in force to pick up the slack.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Moisture and rising temperatures can turn parts of your home into ideal sites for mold growth, said a University of Missouri Extension housing and environmental design specialist.
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    PERRYVILLE, Mo. – Before replacing drywall and floor coverings in your flooded home, make sure building materials have had enough time to dry out, cautions a University of Missouri Extension community emergency management specialist.
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  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    TRENTON, Mo.– University of Missouri Extension has prepared a checklist of measures people can take to reduce the impact of floodwater on their homes.
  • Monday, December 5, 2016
    MARSHFIELD, Mo. – Cold weather is hard on cars and trucks, but a little preparation will keep vehicles running well throughout winter’s coldest days.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food.
  • Friday, August 3, 2012
    COLUMBIA – Soybeans that won’t make a seed crop offer potential high-quality forage for beef and dairy producers. The decision to cut beans for hay won’t be easy, say University of Missouri Extension specialists.
  • Thursday, August 2, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo – Some heat-stressed cows are delivering premature calves, ahead of normal fall-calving season.
  • Monday, May 23, 2011
    For more flood-related resources from MU Extension, visit extension.missouri.edu/n/3059.
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Publications

MU Extension partners with Missouri Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) to bring important information and resources to communities about emergency human services relating to disasters.

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