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Institute for Rural Emergency Management

The Institute for Rural Emergency Management (IREM) at the University of Central Missouri was established in June 2005 to meet a demonstrated need for technical assistance in rural communities.  UCM is the only university in the U.S. to create a community outreach center focused on the emergency management needs of rural America, which are distinct from the needs of urban and suburban communities.

IREM gathers best practices from successful rural projects and develops guidelines and targeted information to distribute to elected officials and community leaders.  In rural areas human resources are often limited, so IREM provides assistance with vital projects, implementing new programs, and delivering training workshops and exercises.


Project Areas:

The Institute for Rural Emergency Management works in these key project areas.

  • Emergency management best practices for rural communities
  • Rural environmental protection
  • Develop capacity in emergency service organizations through training opportunities
  • First responder training
  • Emergency responder safety and health workshops
  • Educate future emergency managers and engage student scholars in community preparedness

Researchers from diverse backgrounds and expertise contribute to the organization's development.


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The Missouri Safety Center

The Institute for Rural Emergency Management is now housed under the Missouir Safty Center umbrella of programs. Please visit for more information on the IREM and its upmcoming activities.



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