Regional Security

Metro Air SupportThe 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.


Emergency Response Vehicle StagingSTARRS 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. STARRS Board of Directors meeting packets

St. Louis Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA) Grant Program

In 2017, the St. Louis region was awarded $1,474,716 in funding from the FY 2016 CCTA grant program.  The goal of the St. Louis CCTA Program is to strengthen the St. Louis region’s capabilities by enhancing preparedness and building capacity to prepare for, prevent, and respond to CCTA in collaboration with the whole community across the region.  The program has included comprehensive guide development, training and exercise management, and stakeholder outreach.  The grant has ended.  Go to  PREPARED FOR THE NEXT to read past editions of the monthly newsletter.

Policies, Procedures, and Forms

Information about EWG’s policies and procedures governing grant-funded travel and equipment and supplies are provided below.  You can also find inventory-related forms below.


Contact EWG staff by phone at (314) 421.4220 or (618) 274.2750 or by email at