Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather Conditions

At various times throughout the year Missourians are faced with the potential for extreme weather conditions. Our region is also prone to frequent flooding, tornadoes and earthquakes. It is important to take a moment to learn how to prepare yourself in the event that extreme weather or natural disasters strike. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a wealth of information to assist you, please visit the links below to view their guidance:


Extreme Heat

With hot weather in full-swing this summer, it is important to take simple steps to stay cool during extreme heat. Read more on how to prevent heat-related illness.


Many families living close to rivers are at risk of flooding this time of year. Here are some resources on flood safety to assist you in preparing for these events in your community. 


Knowing what to do when there is knowledge of a tornado warning can help to protect you and your family. Tornadoes pose very large health hazards due to the high wind speed and the risk of being struck by flying and falling objects. Please follow the CDC link to learn what you can do to prepare for a tornado.

 Winter Weather

When temperatures drop significantly below normal, staying warm and safe is very important to the health of you and your family. Please follow the CDC link to learn what you can do to be prepared for extreme winter weather


Jefferson County residents should prepare themselves for the possibility of an earthquake due to our proximity to the New Madrid and Wabash Valley Seismic Zones. Please follow the links below to learn what you can do to prepare for an earthquake.

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Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Coping with disasters may be very difficult for people, but it is very important that people who have suffered through traumatic events have healthy mental functioning. Although this may take time, people who have experienced traumatic events must learn to cope with them, and so we invite you to learn more about how to deal with mental health trauma.

Returning Home After a Disaster

Returning home after a disaster may be a potential health hazard without the necessary precautions. Upon returning home, residents must be careful to prevent the spread of mold, avoid certain foods, check for electrical problems and gas leakages, etc. To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family when you return home

Personal Hygiene and Handwashing After a Disaster or Emergency

Personal hygiene and handwashing after a disaster is extremely important in preventing the spread of illness and disease.