An audit of the Department of Public Safety’s Homeland Security Program points to a number of concerns. State Auditor Claire McCaskill says one of the major deficiencies is in the area of communications. Communications interoperability enables responders from various jurisdictions and departments to effectively communicate with one another during emergencies. She says Missouri has been slow to achieve that goal. She’s also concerned that personal protective equipment that had been distributed is sitting unused. Terri Durdaller with the Public Safety Department says concerns that are being raised now had been identified previously and are being addressed. And, as for the communications problems, she says counties are already getting money to improve their ability to talk to one another. McCaskill agrees the Department has done a good job of responding to her concerns and is moving in the right direction.
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