EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY DIVISION
Director: Jeff Mitchell
It is the Malden Emergency Management Agency's mission to protect the lives and property of all Malden residents when major disasters threaten public safety in the city. The EMA responds to two types of disasters — natural and manmade. Natural disasters are major snow and/or ice storms, floods, tornadoes and/or severe weather, as well as the threat of a serious earthquake along Missouri's New Madrid Fault. Man Made disasters, also known as technological emergencies, may include hazardous material incidents, nuclear accidents and other radiological hazards.
Malden Emergency Management Agency is also responsible for developing a City Emergency Operations Plan which coordinates the actions of the Police Division, Fire Division, Board of public Works, Malden Airport & Industrial Park and works with (SEMA) Missouri State Emergency Agencies, (FEMA) Federal Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security in the event of any emergency requiring use of city, state and federal resources and personnel.
Address: 112 E. Laclede Street Malden, MO 63863
101 South Beckwith: Enter by using the entrance to the church basement on the southeast side, on Beckwith Street. For those using this entrance, parking is available behind The Delta News.
Another entance is from the church parking lot located on the west side of the church, through the door on the southwest side.
United Methodist Church
Park & Beckwith Streets: Enter from the north side of the church on Park Street. Parking is available in front of the church.
Malden School Shelter
Burkhart Street behind the high school gym by the bus shed. The shelter is only opened during non-school activity hours.
Arnold Blvd. & Hwy. 25 North on the Industrial Park, (old Fire Station #2). Entrance is on the south side of the garage.
The fault is active, averaging more than 200 measured events per year (1.0 or more on the Richter scale), about 20 per month. Tremors large enough to be felt (2.5 – 3.0 on the Richter scale) are noted annually. Every 18 months the fault releases a shock of 4.0 or more, capable of local minor damage. magnitudes of 5.0 or greater occurring about once per decade can do significant damage and be felt in several states.
The highest earthquake risk in the mainland United States outside the West Coast is along the New Madrid Fault. Damaging tremors are not as frequent as in California, but when they do occur, the destruction covers over more than 20 times the area because of underlying geology.
A damaging earthquake in this Area, 6.0, reoccurs about every 80 years (the last one in 1895). In 2002, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released new earthquake probabilities for the New Madrid Seismic Zone. For a magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquake, there now is estimated to be a 25-40 percent chance in the next 50 years. The results would be serious damage to schools and masonry buildings from Memphis to St. Louis. USGS also estimates a seven to 10 percent chance of a 7.5 – 8.0 earthquake in the next 50 years (equal to the earthquake events of 1811-1812).
A major earthquake in this area — the Great New Madrid Earthquake of 1811-12 — was actually a series of over 2000 shocks in five months, some of 7.6 intensity and five of which were 8.0 or more in magnitude. Eighteen of these rang church bells on the Eastern seaboard. The very land itself was destroyed in the Missouri Bootheel, making it unfit even for farming for many years. It was the largest burst of seismic energy east of the Rocky Mountains in the history of the U.S. and was several times larger than the San Francisco quake of 1906.
When will another great earthquake happen the size of those in 1811-12? Several lines of research suggest that the catastrophic upheavals like those in 1811-12 visit the New Madrid region every 500-600 years. Hence, emergency planners, engineers, and seismologists do not expect a repeat of the intensity of the 1811-12 series for at least 100 years or more. However, even though the chance is remote, experts estimate the chances for a repeat earthquake of similar magnitude to the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes have changed from the1985 estimates of 2.7 – 4.0 percent probability in 50 years to a seven to 10 percent probability. This is a result of new evidence of shorter recurrence intervals identified from pre-historical events. Earthquake probabilities for known active faults always increase with time, because stresses within the earth slowly and inexorably mount, year by year, until the rocks can take no more, and sudden rupture becomes inevitable.
Our Greatest Concerns are the 6.0-7.6-sized events, which do have significant probabilities in the near future. Damaging earthquakes of this magnitude are very likely within the lifetimes of our children.
The New Madrid Fault is a complex zone of seismically active fractures in bedrock buried several thousand feet beneath river sands and mud. An earthquake’s severity is greatest at its focal point, known as the epicenter, but lessens as the distance from the epicenter increases. The hachured areas on the map show possible damage levels of a 7.6 earthquake event. The darkest area on the map portrays an epicenter, potentially the area of greatest damage.