Disaster planners help 4-Staters with emergency response readiness

JOPLIN, Mo. – Representatives from the Joplin Community and the State of Missouri today learned about Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness in Joplin.

The 16-hour training course provided by Texas A&M Trainers discusses the gaps the state may have in preparing for the pediatric side of disasters.

The course discussed everything from the initial response to a disaster to the aftercare involved.

Officials say the Joplin Tornado is an example of how a major unexpected event can affect the City.

“There were children that were displaced from their families, and there were people, children that were probably orphaned during the tornado in 2011,” said Glenn Miller with Texas A&M. “There were incidents in where children ended up in shelters or they ended up in hospitals that weren’t children’s hospitals.”

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