The Environmental Emergency Response Section is very active with homeland security. As we have learned by past events, a disaster can strike without warning. The section's goal is to be prepared for any emergency. In the event of a homeland security threat, the department can use its training and equipment to aid Missouri's existing 28 Homeland Security Hazardous Materials Teams and help better serve and protect the citizens of Missouri and its natural resources.

Weapons of Mass Destruction Detection Equipment

The Environmental Emergency Response Section has acquired weapons of mass destruction detection equipment, such as instrumentation to detect radiation, biological/chemical nerve and blister agents. Additional equipment includes:

M8 and M9 paper to detect chemical agents Ion chamber radiation survey meter
MultiRae® Plus photoionization gas detector Ludlum radiation detection meters
APD2000® chemical warfare agent detector M256 chemical agent detector kits
Satellite radio telephone communication system Biothreat assessment kits
RespondeR™ RCI protable Raman spectrometer Thermal imaging camera
IdentiFINDER® radiation isotope identification meter Portable Hazmat ID
AreaRae® Gamma Steel multi gas and radiation detector  

Weapons of Mass Destruction-related Training

The Environmental Emergency Response State On-Scene Coordinators, located throughout Missouri, have completed more than 100 hours of weapons of mass destruction-related training. In addition to internal training conducted by the department, highly technical training includes:

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Hands On Training, COBRA Training Center, Anniston, AL
  • Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, New Mexico Tech, NM
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Radiological/Nuclear Course for Hazmat Technicians, Mercury, NV
  • Response to Anthrax Training, EPA
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Risk Assessment and Identification of Areas of Vulnerability
  • Advanced Weapons of Mass Destruction Biological, Nuclear and Chemical Terrorism
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Crime Scene Management
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazmat Evidence Collection
  • NRC Incident Response Program/Fed Radiological Plan Training, Auburn, NE
  • Multi Agency weapons of mass destruction training
  • Terrorism: Response at the Operations Level
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction, Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents
  • Highway and Emergency Response, Security and Emergency Response Training Center, Pueblo, CO
  • Tank Car Specialist, Security and Emergency Response Training Center, Pueblo, CO
  • Advanced Chemical and Biological Integrated Emergency Response Course, Dugway Proving Ground, Dugway, UT

Additional Resources for Missouri Homeland Security

Informative websites