Public Education and Training

One of the most important parts of disaster preparedness is knowledge about:
  • How to prepare
  • What to do
  • What to expect
Acting on bad information can place you or your family members in greater danger. Accurate information about hazards, and recommended actions to take is critical for making the best choices for your personal safety and that of your family during an emergency.

Personal Disaster Safety Seminars
Seminars on personal disaster safety are presented free of charge by the Division of Emergency Management for any interested group. For details or to make arrangements, contact Ina McCaine-Obenland by calling 636-949-3023.
  • The Plain Truth About Earthquake Safety: "Are earthquakes likely in Missouri?" Of course not; they're inevitable. Get the straight story about earthquakes, Missouri, what to do, and not to do!
  • The Plain Truth about Tornado Safety: The United States is tornado capital of the world! Be sure you know fact from fiction when it comes to severe weather hazards and tornado safety.
  • Shelter In Place: Chemicals are part of everyday life and that means chemical accidents can happen anywhere. Beyond industrial spills, a fire or traffic accident can bring a chemical hazard right into your neighborhood. Sheltering in place could be a simple, lifesaving alternative to evacuation.
  • The Plain Truth About Flood Safety: Flooding is the most common natural disaster. Nine out of 10 presidential disaster declarations are for flooding. Learn about the hazards, including the surprising and preventable reason for nearly 50% of flood fatalities.
  • Disaster Preparedness for Business: Disasters can devastate businesses and communities. Lost jobs devastate people and economies. These lessons learned can help prevent your business from becoming another Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) statistic.
  • Introduction to Emergency Management: What is emergency management? What goes on between emergencies? If you've ever wondered, the answer is, "plenty!"
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Overview: From "everyday" emergencies to headline-making disasters, CERT members and skills can sustain lives until professional help arrives. Learn more about this vital partnership between citizens and emergency responders.
  • Be Ready! Individual and Family Disaster Plans: While Americans are concerned about disasters and terrorism, and give boundlessly in response to other's misfortunes, 89% of us still don't even have emergency water set aside for ourselves or our own families. With a few simple steps, you can Be Ready!
Emergency Operations Center Tours
You've heard the warning sirens, but who sets them off? Where are they? For the answers to these questions and more, visit the St. Charles County Emergency Operations Center and get a glimpse into the underground world of emergency management in your community.

Check out the links below for information about more lifesaving topics. And visit our volunteers webpage to learn about more training and community activities. Come out and join in!