As the rivers and creeks in the state rise, the State Emergency Management Agency is reminding residents that communities can take steps to lessen the impact. Officials at the state level are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help build disaster-resistant communities. A SEMA spokesman says Missouri has shown great resolve in responding in the wake of disaster, which was evident in the massive clean-ups following the floods of 1993 and 1995. Rural Missouri is better protected now, with the state doubling the number of towers transmitting the tone-alert weather radios.
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