The St. Louis region is vulnerable to hazards – natural disasters, terrorism and large-scale industrial accidents. All of these have the potential for disrupting communities, causing casualties, interrupting the flow of commerce, and damaging or destroying public and private property. In February 2003, East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) in conjunction with regional leaders from the medical community, emergency medial services (EMS), fire, police, public health and government created the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS) with the goal to build effective capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from these hazards when they impact the St. Louis region.
STARRS coordinates with the governments of St. Charles, Franklin Jefferson and St. Louis counties and the city of St. Louis in Missouri and the governments of St. Clair, Madison and Monroe counties in Illinois as well as with the States of Missouri and Illinois and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in efforts to improve the region’s security increase disaster preparedness through the administration and expenditure of DHS grant funds. STARRS also coordinates with Healthcare Resources in the Missouri Region C area, supporting and improving emergency preparedness of the regional Healthcare Coalition. The How Safe Are We? report describes STARRS, its committees, and its program in more detail.
St. Louis Region Awarded DHS Grant
DHS has announced that the St. Louis region has been awarded funding from the FY 2016 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA) grant program. EWG will be awarded $1,474,716 on behalf of the St. Louis region.
STARRS is holding a free training course for elected officials and department heads on the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
The three-hour training is designed to provide elected and appointed officials with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities for successful emergency management and incident response. Local emergency management experts will lead the course, which covers:
- Role of elected/senior officials in the Incident Command System (ICS) structure.
- Basic organization of ICS and the functional responsibilities of various staff.
- The administrative, logistical, financial, and reporting implications of large incident operations.
All elected officials and department heads who have not received NIMS training in the last five years should attend this course. In addition to enhancing the region’s response capabilities, the adoption and implementation of NIMS may be required for receiving disaster-related federal grants, contracts and other activities.
To accommodate attendees from throughout the region, STARRS is offering the NIMS training on multiple dates and in multiple locations from January to June.