The Great ShakeOut is October 16 across the United States. There will be drills for states in the Midwest, the Southeast, California and elsewhere, including overseas. Millions of people have registered their families, schools and businesses to participate, and more are signing up.
The Missouri initiative to achieve dam breach inundation maps and Emergency Action Plans on all 466 of the state-regulated High-Hazard Potential dams has made such exceptional progress that it recently has been honored twice – once at the national level and again at the regional level. This follows a 2012 state award for excellence.
Missouri recently had a situation that dam safety officials say is all too common. As reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, residents of 40 homes near a dam in suburban Jefferson County were under voluntary evacuation (along with moving out cattle and horses down-stream) when an earthen dam was determined to be failing.