BENTON -- Almost everything is in place for Scott County's part of the New Madrid Earthquake exercise next week.
During the Scott County Commission's regular meeting Thursday, Joe Burton, Scott County Emergency Management director, briefed commissioners. The county exercise will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Scott County Jail. The drill will represent procedures to be followed the first three days after an earthquake.
Burton gave commissioners a list of about 45 city governments and agencies around the county. "I would like to see all these people show up," Burton said. "Even though this is just a drill, they need to be here to see what is going on."
"I agree," said Jamie Burger, presiding commissioner.
Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn questioned who Burton was inviting with respect to city governments. Burton said he'd like mayors, police chiefs and anyone else involved in potential crises to attend.
"They're responsible up to a point where they ask for your help," Burton said. The exercise includes five states, the National Guard, and state agencies.
Burton also advised commissioners of an all-day workshop scheduled Aug. 14 with Sikeston teachers regarding drills and how to locate children in disasters. There is also a "Keep Our Kids Safe Day" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday at the Factory Outlet Mall.
In other news, commissioners discussed the events section on the county's Web site, www.scottcountymo.com. There haven't been as many submissions this year, and they invited any organizations and city groups to advertise meetings, picnics and other events.
"That's another way of advertising events," Ziegenhorn said. "For free."
Joel Evans, county developer, said traffic remains high on the site. "It's still staying pretty consistent," he said.
Evans said pictures of events can be submitted after the event to post on the Web. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
In other business, commissioners decided to take a break from the black topping on the west lane of Highway 61 for a week beginning today.
"There's a lot of equipment that needs service and repair," Burger said. Those repairs are typically made during rain, but there hasn't been much recently.
Ziegenhorn noted the black topping is ahead of schedule.