The Springfield-Greene County Health Department's Emergency Response Team (ERT) was created in response to the crisis on September 11, 2001. Originally, ERT members responded primarily to bio-terrorism threats, such as white powder incidences, that were plaguing this area as well as the nation.
ERT is composed of 25 Health Department members with expertise in a variety of disciplines, ranging from environmental science, nursing / medical, epidemiology, communications, logistics, and planning.
The Emergency Response Team responds 24 hours a day, seven days a week to health-related emergencies such as suspicious white powder calls and restaurant fires, as well as health-related situations, including pandemics and bioterrorism events. The response team is accessed by calling the Springfield-Greene County Health Department at (417) 864-1658 during regular business hours, and through the 9-1-1 emergency call center after business hours and on weekends.