In Southeast Missouri, natural disasters are the greatest risk for you and your family — particularly tornadoes, severe storms and floods. We are also susceptible to extreme heat and drought, and have a risk of earthquake damage due to the New Madrid fault. In the winter, ice storms often cause power outages in our area, which can lead to risks from using generators and concerns about food safety.
The first step in preparing for emergencies is to learn more about the risks. Different types of disasters will call for different types of responses. Understanding the risks and knowing what to do in each situation will help you protect yourself and your family. For example, flooding might require evacuation while a chemical spill might require you to stay in your home and shelter in place. More common risks include fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and transportation hazards. You should also be aware of health risks, such as pandemic influenza or West Nile Virus.