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Local responders prepare for earthquakes

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - The City of Hannibal Emergency Management Agency is getting people ready Tuesday in case an earthquake ever hits the area.

There are two fault lines with the potential to have a major impact on the Tri-States; the Wabash Valley Fault Line located in Southeastern Illinois and the New Madrid Fault, which is the most active fault line east of the Rockies.

Representatives from 17 northeast Missouri counties, along with the state emergency management agency, Missouri State Homeland Security, and Missouri Department of Public Safety participated in the exercise Tuesday afternoon at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. More than 100 medical, EMS, police and fire personnel also took part in the discussion.

Each county was given a scenario and then had to figure out how they would respond in that situation, including how they would direct people and different routes for emergency vehicles.

"This scenario has damage to the overpass in Shelbina at Highway 36 and 15," Shelby County Emergency Management Director Glenn Eagan said. "So we would probably try and take care of our own first and then try and be the receiving county for anybody that needed to come from Marion County or Monroe County."

Even though Tuesday's scenarios were just practice, Eagan says it opened his eyes to what could occur in the event of a disaster. 

It's not only emergency officials who need to be prepared, you and your family should be prepared with an at-home disaster kit. The American Red Cross recommends including food, water, flashlight, maps, basic tools and a cell phone charger.

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