City Administrator,
Deborah LeMoine
P.O. Box 220511
St. Louis, MO 63122

The City of Oakland

Emergency Preparedness Information

In 2004, Mayor Marti formed an Emergency Preparedness Committee consisting of Oakland volunteers to prepare the residents of our community in case of a natural or man-made emergency.  The guidelines for this plan had to meet government standards as well as establish procedures for informing our residents about putting together emergency kits, meeting locations and communications during a crisis.

After several meetings, the Committee determined that the City's basic needs are internal regarding household education of where to go, who to contact and how to survive during such emergencies of which the first three days are critical while awaiting outside aid.  2 prioritory needs for the community included education on forming a 3-day kit and a communication chain.

When considering your 3-day Preparedness Kit, you want to remember not to make it too heavy to carry. Some suggested items to place in a portable bag to be ready to take with you are as follows:

  1. First aid kit
  2. Iodine pills for puritying water
  3. Ready-to-eat foods such as peanut butter, can goods, hard candy and crackers
  4. Water-1 gallon per person per day
  5. Sanitation and personal hygiene items-soap, toilet paper, handy wipes
  6. Tools-flashlights, matches, knife, can opener, utensils
  7. Kitchen items-garbage bags, mess kit, paper towels
  8. Clothes-once change and deodorant
  9. Medical-prescriptions and special needs
  10. Family planning list-where to meet if separated and contact person with phone number for someone outside of disaster area

The second area addressed was the Communication Chain. The Neighborhood Watch Program is an excellent way for citizens to stay informed during any emergency. THe City continues to compile Block Captains for each street to be the contact from the residents to the authorities and back.

Block Captains: Being a block captain is a great way to volunteer in a position that requires no mandatory meetings, nor major time investment. Please contact the City Administrator at 314-416-0026 if you wish to volunteer:

CERT Training: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training is available to all Oakland residents, free of charge, through our contracted Fire and Police personnel. Please contact 822-5868 for further information. 


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