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Missouri Health Agencies, Hospitals To Test Emergency Response Plans

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Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, local public health agencies and hospitals will participate in Missouri's New Madrid Earthquake Exercise and test their ability to respond in a rapid and coordinated manner.

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An earthquake of 7.7 magnitude in southeast Missouri, severely affecting five states located along the New Madrid fault. Hundreds of fatalities. Tens of thousands of injuries, including crush injuries, spinal injuries and broken bones. Damaged water treatment systems, resulting in no public water supply. Displaced residents needing sheltering and food. Extensive building damage. Power outages. Communications system breakdowns. Highway obstructions.

Public health's efforts will focus on the distribution of medical supplies through the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), and several hospitals will test their ability to care for a large number of patients through an alternate care site.