Emergency Human Services partners with non-governmental, community-based, faith-based, and other types of organizations, as well as with other state agencies, to collaboratively prepare for the needs of disaster survivors. EHS staff maintains relationships with these organizations through partnerships fostered through The Governor's Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery (The Partnership), Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MO VOAD), and the Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization (MIDRO).
The Missouri Emergency Response Commission’s (MERC) mission is to protect public health and the environment by assisting communities with chemical incident prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the important spatial data they contain can be critical tools in emergency management. During an emergency or disaster in Missouri, SEMA’s GIS Program harnesses GIS technology to better assess and visualize damage statewide, develop response priorities and logistics planning, and to track progress throughout the response. SEMA GIS also provides important geospatial services that aid in mitigation efforts.
Missouri WebEOC is an online tool for information sharing and resource request tracking during emergencies, disasters, significant events and daily operations. SEMA and our response partners believe WebEOC provides the opportunity for leadership at all jurisdictions to work with a common operating picture and real time situational awareness of events affecting their region and the state. SEMA encourages all Missouri response partners to utilize WebEOC so that we can all be as responsive as possible to the people we serve. Use of WebEOC is restricted to Missouri response partners.
The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program provides resources to the State Emergency Management Agency and local government emergency management agencies, for the sustainment and enhancement of all-hazard emergency management capabilities.
The Floodplain Management Section administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for the state of Missouri. Most homeowner insurance does not cover flood damage, so the purchase of specific flood insurance may be necessary. For those who live in a mapped high risk Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), federal law compels federally backed mortgage lenders to require the purchase of flood insurance. This section works with NFIP participating communities to ensure they comply with the requirements of the program, which provides nearly $4 billion in flood insurance coverage for homes and businesses in Missouri. SEMA also is a Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) with FEMA in the production of Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM) under the federal “Risk Map” modernization program. In addition, the section partners with the Missouri Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association (MFSMA) and others to offer NFIP training for local floodplain managers, planners, insurance agents, elected officials, engineers and surveyors, lenders and realtors.
The Emergency Management Training (EMT) curriculum delivered by SEMA offers an extensive array of training opportunities for Missouri state and local emergency managers, public officials, members of volunteer assistance organizations, and professionals in related fields. The EMT program has proven offers comprehensive courses in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Jurisdictions across Missouri have found that the best way to respond to a disaster is by preparing in advance with training activities and using the skills learned to build effective local teams and coalitions.
The Earthquake Program informs Missourians about the earthquake risk associated with the New Madrid Seismic Zone and recommends safety and mitigation steps that can be taken to prepare for earthquakes and their potential consequences.
The Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REP) develops plans, training, and exercises to assist jurisdictions surrounding commercial nuclear power plants respond to potential scenarios that might occur.
The All-Hazard Planning Program has primary responsibility for providing planning guidance and assistance to state departments, agencies, and local governments so that they can develop and maintain all-hazard (e.g. tornadoes, severe weather, flooding) emergency operations plans (EOPs).
The Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (SAVE) Coalition
is a group of volunteer engineers, architects, building inspectors and other
trained professionals that assists the Missouri State Emergency Management
Agency with building damage inspections. After a disaster, SAVE volunteers
are trained to move quickly to determine which buildings are safe to use
and which should be evacuated.
SEMA’s Area Coordinator's (AC) are the state's liaisons to local jurisdictions for emergency management activities. They assist local jurisdictions in all aspects of emergency management, including emergency operations plan development and revision, training and exercises. The state of Missouri is divided into nine areas, A-I, that correspond with the Missouri State Highway Patrol troops. The nine area coordinators provide assistance to Missouri’s 114 counties and their associated jurisdictions, and the independent City of St. Louis.
The State Public Assistance program provides an organizational structure for the administration of federal grants to eligible public entities for the repair and restoration of damaged public facilities within a federally-declared disaster area. Such entities include state agencies, local governments, and certain private, non-profit organizations.
Individuals and Households Program
The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) program provides state-federal assistance to individuals and families for uninsured critical emergency needs when authorized in a federally-declared disaster.