Emergency management


Emergency management
Reduce your risk of injury or death from lightning

If you see lightning, count the seconds until you hear thunder, then divide by five. This is the distance in miles the lightning is away. Any distance less than 10 miles puts you in danger. Read more

Flood-related resources from MU Extension

Extension has resources to help you and your family prepare for and recover from floods and other weather-related emergencies. Read more

After a flood, think food safety

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

Severe-weather resources from MU Extension

Review our extensive collection of resources and links to help individuals, families and communities prepare for and recover from weather-related emergencies and other disasters. Read more

MU Extension expert recommends replacing older smoke detectors

If smoke alarms are over 10 years old, you should look at a replacement plan. Read more

Ebola information for Missourians

There is a great deal in the media concerning the Ebola outbreak. Some information may be good, but much is borderline misinformation or contributes to a sense of panic. 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

Know which foods to pitch after a power outage

Severe spring weather can bring power outages. If the electricity is out for more than two hours, it is important to know how to make sure the foods in your refrigerator and freezer are safe. Read more

Be prepared for disasters

Missouri weather brings year-round chances for severe weather. Every family should have a plan and supplies, and every family member should know what to do. Get started on your family's plan today. 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


  • Friday, October 14, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MU FRTI) recently took delivery on a new specialized mobile fire training simulator system. The simulator is designed to provide training in fire scenarios involving vehicles, dumpsters/trash receptacles, liquid spills and gas cylinder fires. The system is incorporated with a trailer to make the training as accessible as possible, as the institute offers 80 percent of its training in the field to meet career and volunteer fire service schedules and needs. The simulator was acquired through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, along with a local funding match from MU Extension.
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  • Thursday, June 30, 2016
    Editors: With flash flood watches in effect in portions of Missouri this weekend, these ready-to-publish news releases may be of interest to readers:
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lawns around the Show-Me State are starting to turn brown. But that’s a normal, and temporary, response to hot, dry weather.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The combination of prolonged high heat and dry weather potentially threatens fish ponds, says a University of Missouri Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – When there isn’t enough water on the soil, there’s not enough water in ground wells. And that can cause bacterial problems that require testing, says University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist Bob Broz.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers and rural residents can use simple tips to conserve water in the home during drought, says University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist Bob Broz.
  • Monday, December 28, 2015
    Conne Burnham, University of Missouri Extension state emergency management specialist, can answer reporters' questions on disaster readiness, response and recovery at the household, community and state level. Contact Burnham at 573-884-5254 or burnhamc@missouri.edu.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Resources threatened by this year’s drought include ponds that depend on surface runoff for water. Fish are at risk from high water temperatures, oxygen depletion, increased disease potential and other problems as water levels drop in ponds through lack of runoff and evaporation, said Bob Pierce, University of Missouri Extension state fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Thursday, August 9, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The livestock industry is taking a direct hit by this summer’s drought, and that will impact consumers’ wallets next year, says a University of Missouri agricultural economist.
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  • Wednesday, August 8, 2012
    NOVELTY, Mo. – Zac Erwin stood by a drought-stunted field of Sudangrass as he talked to wagon-loads of field day visitors at the MU Greenley Research Center, Aug. 7.
  • 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.
  • Friday, June 29, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo.—Wildfire season in Missouri typically runs from late March to early May, but hot, dry conditions this year puts the state at heightened risk of wildfire into summer and perhaps beyond, says a University of Missouri Extension state forester.
  • Monday, August 29, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – This year Missouri has seen flooding, severe winter weather and devastating tornadoes. Meanwhile, two earthquakes struck in the U.S. within hours of each other even as a major hurricane moved toward the East Coast.
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  • Monday, June 6, 2011
    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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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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