Emergency Preparedness Academy

  • Eastern Missouri Red Cross Preparedness Academy
Eastern MO - Preparedness Academy

Academy Registration

Registration for the Academy is now open. The cost to attend the Academy is $65, which includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and snacks. Ready Rating members and United Way partners receive a reduced registration of $30. Scholarships may be available. Contact Bill Engfehr for details at bill.engfehr2@redcross.org or 314-516-2753.

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Be Prepared for an Emergency

Our Region. Our Risks. Our Response.

After a disaster, many affected businesses never reopen. For your organization’s survival--and to ensure the safety of your staff and associates--you need to be prepared for emergencies. The American Red Cross is here to help.

From cyber security, to workplace violence, to natural disasters, learn how to mitigate and manage risks before disaster strikes. Our Emergency Preparedness Academy joins emergency planning and response leaders from around the Midwest to learn how to build a culture of preparedness.

The next Academy will be held on Thursday September 14, 2017, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Grand Hall on Chouteau (2319 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103).

Contact Bill Engfehr for information at bill.engfehr2@redcross.org.


General Sessions

  • Brian Blake - Central U.S Earthquake Hazards: Are You Ready?
  • Brandon Robbins - What is Business Continuity Planning?
  • Jim Sharp - Cyber-Crime Awareness and Orientation
Breakout Sessions

  • Jennifer Donley - 10 Steps to Prepare Your Building or Facility for Emergencies
  • Laurie Furman and Alynn Schmitt McManus - Recognizing and Responding to Post Traumatic Stress
  • Dan Hoerschgen - Anyone Can Be Involved in Homeland Security
  • Dennis Hohl - Will Your Plan Work?
  • Dave Reddick - Business Continuity Tool: Dispensing Emergency Medications at the Workplace
  • Rob Wylie - First Care Providers—Building Truly Resilient Communities

Emergency Preparedness Resources

The following documents and resource links are from the September 22, 2016, Preparedness Academy.

  • It Happened to Us: Lessons Learned from Joplin Tornado (5 Years Later) - Keith Stammer, Director, Joplin/Jasper County Emergency Management
  • What Will Happen When the Big Earthquake Hits Missouri - Nick Goeke, Training and Exercise Manager, Missouri State EMA
  • Disaster Mental Health: Self Care/Team Care - Joan Keenan, Coordinator, Missouri Dept. of Mental Health, Disaster Services
  • Social Media in Emergency Management - Sarah Gamblin-Luig, Coordinator, St. Louis City EMA
  • Personal Security—Situational Awareness - Maria Gomez, Corporate Security, Ameren Corp.

  • The following documents and resource links were taken from our Preparedness Academy held on March 10, 2016.

  • Your Role in Cybersecurity: Awareness, Preparedness and Mitigation - James Lundsted, Regional Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security
  • Workplace and School Violence Response: The Power of Threat Assessment Teams - Dr. Steve Albrecht, Internationally-known Workplace Violence Consultant
  • Preparing for the Worst: Local Government Disaster Planning - Craig Dodson, Assistant Chief, and Michael Grzyb, Battalion Chief, St. Charles Fire Department
  • National Weather Service Decision Support Service and the Record December Flooding - Jim Kramper, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service
  • Managing Your Business Emergencies Like Pros - Dennis Hohl and KJ Spurlock, Command-Solutions, LLC
  • Preparedness Needs of Those with Access and Functional Needs - David Newburger, Commissioner on the Disabled for the City of St. Louis and Co-Director of the Starkloff Disability Institute
  • Speaker Series: Is Your House of Worship Ready for an Emergency?

    Rev. William Engfehr discusses what you should be telling your congregation before, during and after an emergency. Rev. Engfehr was the senior pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL, from 1993-2013 and is a chaplain for the Illinois State Police. He is currently a member of the Southern Illinois Critical Incident Team as well as the Greater St. Louis Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He is a Preparedness Specialist with the Red Cross.

    Rev. Engfehr is available to speak to groups of clergy and religious leaders about:

  • Why faith communities should be involved in disaster preparedness and response
  • How to put together a plan
  • The seven key elements of a plan
  • For more information, or to schedule a presentation, contact Bill Engfehr at bill.engfehr2@redcross.org or 314.516.2753.

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