Community Awareness

Community Awareness, Response, and Education (C.A.R.E)

The C.A.R.E. Coalition emerged in October 2004 following a meeting of representatives from the Health Department, Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, Child Support Unit, The Sainte Genevieve County Sheriff's Office, and MO Extension. This coalition has since grown into more of an emergency management coalition. Chaired by the county emergency management director, the coalition consists of various representatives from most first responder agencies in Ste. Genevieve County as well as local and county government and clergy.

The coalition meets quarterly at 12:00 PM on the second Wednesday of each month following the Community Services Forum meeting at the Ste Genevieve County Health Department.

The initial purpose was to train our first responders either by locating resources or providing the training locally and then begin educating and training our citizens in preparing for emergencies and disasters.


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CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) is a 40 hour class for members of the community to better prepare them to take care of themselves as well as family, friends, and neighbors during an emergency or disaster. The course provides simple training on subjects such as first aid, light search and rescue, and fire safety.

Contact the health deparment for more information: 573-883-7411