Michael D. Brown, Acting Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response and Director Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), visited St. Louis Tuesday to promote the new "Be Ready" campaign. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay introduced the Under Secretary at a press conference at St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters.
Brown emphasized the need to give an informed public the tools they need to be better prepared for any emergency, natural or manmade. The three points in the campaign: " make a kit, make a plan and be informed" are the key elements in everyone's emergency plan.
Following the press conference, Brown, FEMA Region VII Director Dick Hainje, Mayor Slay and city and county emergency management officials and first response professionals met to discuss local programs, ideas and concerns. Among the attendees were Colonel Joseph Mokwa, chief of the City of St. Louis Metropolitan Police, Sherman George, chief of the City of St. Louis Fire Department, Jerry Uhlmann, Director of Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, Sam Simon, Director of Public Safety for the city, Dr. Jeffrey Lowell, director of the Metropolitan Medical Response System. Representatives from the offices of Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond, Senator Jim Talent, and Congressman W. Todd Akin also participated in the closed-door, round table discussion.