Environmental Services Program
The Environmental Emergency Response Section has been very active with homeland security. As we have learned by past events, a disaster can strike without warning. It has been a goal to be prepared for such an event and many accomplishments have been made relating to homeland security. Such accomplishments include Weapons of Mass Destruction training, procuring additional equipment and conducting practical Weapons of Mass Destruction exercises for staff.
The Environmental Emergency Response State On-Scene Coordinators, located throughout Missouri, have trained in a variety of areas involving Weapons of Mass Destruction. Personnel have completed more than 100 hours of Weapons of Mass Destruction related training. In addition to internal training conducted by the department, highly technical training includes:
- Weapons of Mass Destruction Hands On Training, COBRA Training Center, Anniston AL.
- Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, New Mexico Tech, NM.
- Weapons of Mass Destruction Radiological/Nuclear Course for Hazmat Technicians, Mercury, NV.
- Response to Anthrax Training, US EPA.
- Weapons of Mass Destruction Risk Assessment and Identification of Areas of Vulnerability.
- Advanced Weapons of Mass Destruction Biological, Nuclear and Chemical Terrorism.
- Weapons of Mass Destruction Crime Scene Management.
- Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazmat Evidence Collection.
- NRC Incident Response Program/Fed Radiological Plan Training, Auburn, NE.
- Multi Agency WMD training.
- Terrorism: Response at the Operations Level.
- Weapons of Mass Destruction, Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents.
- Highway and Emergency Response, Security and Emergency Response Training Center, Pueblo, CO.
- Tank Car Specialist, Security and Emergency Response Training Center, Pueblo, CO.
- Advanced Chemical and Biological Integrated Emergency Response Course, Dugway Proving Ground, Dugway, UT.
In addition to training, the Environmental Emergency Response Section has acquired new Weapons of Mass Destruction equipment such as instrumentation to detect radiation, biological/chemical nerve and blister agents. Additional equipment includes:
- Portable Hazmat ID.
- Portable Hapsite, field gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer.
- Ludlum, radiation detection meters.
- Identifinder, radiation isotope identification meter.
- M256 Kits.
- M8 and M9 paper.
- APD2000, chemical nerve and blister agents.
- Thermal Imaging Camera.
- Satellite Radio Telephone Communication System.
- Ion Chamber Radiation Meter.
In the event of a homeland security threat, the department can use its training and equipment to aide Missouri's existing 28 Homeland Security Hazardous Materials Teams and help better serve and protect the citizens of Missouri and its natural resources.
Additional Resources for Missouri Homeland Security
- Mid-America Medical Reserve Corps.
- Missouri Department of Agriculture.
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
- Missouri Department of Public Safety.
- Missouri Homeland Security.
- Missouri State Highway Patrol.
- Missouri State Water Patrol.
- State Emergency Management Agency.
Additional Resources for Federal Homeland Security
- American Red Cross.
- ANSER Institute for Homeland Security.
- Colleges, Universities and Institutions Offering.
- Emergency Management Courses.
- Federal Aviation Administration.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- U.S. Department of Defense.
- U.S. Department of Energy.
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- U.S. Department of Justice.
- U.S. Department of Transportation.
- U.S. Disaster Assistance.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- U.S. Fire Administration.
- U.S. Transportation Security Administration.