Operations, Training & Exercise Branch

SEMA’s Operations Branch is responsible for the training and exercise program and disaster management operations. Once a State of Emergency (SOE) has been declared by the Governor, the Operations Branch opens the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and coordinates disaster response with local governments, state agencies the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Operations, Training & Exercise Branch develops emergency operations procedures for state and local governments; assists local governments in the development of emergency response capabilities, exercises and training.

Quinn Gardner is chief of the Operations Branch.

Branch Programs

Training and Exercises

The Emergency Management Training (EMT) curriculum delivered by SEMA offers an extensive array of training opportunities for Missouri state and local emergency managers, public officials, members of volunteer assistance organizations, and professionals in related fields. The EMT program has proven offers comprehensive courses in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Jurisdictions across Missouri have found that the best way to respond to a disaster is by preparing in advance with training activities and using the skills learned to build effective local teams and coalitions.

Earthquake Program

The Earthquake Program informs Missourians about the earthquake risk associated with the New Madrid Seismic Zone and recommends safety and mitigation steps that can be taken to prepare for earthquakes and their potential consequences.

Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program

The Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REP) develops plans, training, and exercises to assist jurisdictions surrounding commercial nuclear power plants respond to potential scenarios that might occur.