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EMERGENCY PLANNING

Hazard Potential Grid

*****

Proba- bility

Predic- tability

Fre- quen- cy

***** of Onset

Control- lability

Op- tions

Scope and

Inten- sity

Sources for

Assis- tance

Com- munity

Vulnera- bility

Score

Hazard

Earthquake

Flood

Terrorist attack

Act of war

Tornado

Blizzard

Lowest risk within ten years =1; highest risk = 5

COMMENTS:

Earthquake: St. Louis is about 200 miles from the New Madrid Fault, but because ***** the geology of the region, shock waves travel a very long dis***** with considerable *****ce. A major New Madrid Fault earthquake could destroy many vulnerable buildings, do ***** damage to others, buckle highways and collapse overpasses and possibly bridges. Although the fault has not triggered a major earthquake in modern times, in 1809 ***** 1810 it triggered two earthquakes about six weeks apart that were both probably around 8.0 on the Richter scale. The region avoided major ***** and loss ***** life only ***** the area was barely populated. Earthquakes rate highest on the chart because they can do major, devastating damage ***** no warning, ***** because the area is inadequately prepared for an earthquake.

Flood: *****. Louis is located at the c*****fluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Both rivers have significant tributaries in the *****. The last major regional flood was in 1993. It did major damage, made whole towns uninhabitable, destroyed millions of acres of farm crops, isolated small communities, ***** disrupted railroads. However, there ***** little loss of life, and major support services such as fire, police and medical care, remained functional and ***** not overwhelmed by events.

Terrorist Attacks: St. Louis has a major public attraction, which is also a national park - the St. Lou***** Arch. It also ***** a major international airport that serves as the hub for American Airlines.

Act of War: Although the United States is at war with terror*****t organiza***** ***** may soon be at ***** with Iraq, the military installations in St. *****is and ***** immediate area are small. *****, Fort Leonard Wood is not far from *****. Lou*****, and is a m*****jor training base. If Ft. ***** Wood were *****ed as a military target, it would put severe strain on St. Louis public ***** since it is the nearest large city ***** a good source ***** fire fighters, *****, and emergency medical care.

Torna*****: Tornadoes are common in the *****. Lou***** area. Recent incidents have involved small tornadoes that affected relatively ***** are***** and ***** not cause extended or maj***** damage. However, St. Louis is located on ***** plains, and weather systems *****ten meet in the region. The possi***** always ex*****ts of a major tornado striking the greater *****. Louis **********.

Blizzard: St. Louis occasionally receives heavy snowfall. One snowfall in the 1980's dropped two feet of snow in about 30 hours, paralyz*****g the metropolitan area for a week. The area has the capability to deal effectively with small and moderate amounts ***** snow, but ***** very heavy snowfalls that occur about every 10 years paralyze the ***** and

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