The Meramec Regional Emergency Response Committee (MREPC) approved a budget and elected officers for the new fiscal year at its June 26 meeting.
The fiscal year 2013-14 budget includes funding for the first full-scale training exercise planned by the group.
This exercise will take place Oct. 30 in Chamois and will allow participants to practice for a potential hazardous materials emergency on a larger scale than the tabletop exercises regularly organized by MREPC.
“I think it’s going to be a really good event,” Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass said. “We’ve got several things going on there. The school is going to be able to exercise its crisis plan, and a private business is going to be able to exercise its plan, as well as the emergency responders.”
The funding will go toward planning efforts and equipment needs.
Participation in the exercise is open to any emergency response agency in the eight-county Meramec region.
Also included in the budget for the new fiscal year are at least three, and possibly up to five, tabletop exercises to be held throughout the region.
In addition to the budget, the group elected officers to lead through the next year. Kraig Bone of Washington County was selected to continue as chairman, and Andrea Rice of Osage County was selected to continue as vice chairman.
In other business
• Also at the June 26 meeting, MREPC learned that a 911 bill introduced during the last legislative session in Missouri did not pass.
• The group approved the annual contract between MREPC and MRPC for administration, annual update and distribution of the regional hazardous materials plan, coordination of exercises, assistance in coordinating hazmat trainings and completion of reports and grant applications.
• MREPC members learned that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) will be hosted by MRPC for the upcoming Region I Area Coordinator meeting.
• The group also was updated on leadership changes within SEMA.
The next MREPC meeting is scheduled Aug. 14 at the MRPC office in St. James.