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Lessons Learned From the Field of Emergency Preparedness: Slide Presentation

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Planning Scenarios

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  • Pandemic Influenza.
  • New Madrid Fault.
  • Bioterrorism Events.
  • Chemical Events.
  • Explosive Events (Including Dirty Bombs).

Speaker Notes:

Missouri is currently planning for many of the same mass medical care events that other States, and other countries, have at the forefront of their public health planning efforts. Pandemic planning efforts are ongoing in Missouri with guidelines being developed around ventilator allocation and altering scopes of practice for medical professionals. One location-specific event the State currently is planning for is a potential seismic event on the New Madrid fault line. The New Madrid Seismic zone lies within the central Mississippi Valley, extending from northeast Arkansas, through southeast Missouri, western Tennessee, western Kentucky to southern Illinois. Historically, this area has been the site of some of the largest earthquakes in North America. Between 1811 and 1812, 4 catastrophic earthquakes, with magnitude estimates greater than 7.0, occurred during a 3-month period. Hundreds of aftershocks followed over a period of several years. Planning assumptions for this event include thousands of casualties and a strained health care recovery system.


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