Law enforcement, medical professionals and emergency response teams joined forces June 15th at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds to simulate a public exposure to a sarin type nerve gas. Region E coordinator for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency Mark Winkler’s playbook includes assignments for each step in the response to a nerve-gas incident. The chempack exercise engaged all of the various agencies who would work together in such an emergency. The Sikeston rodeo grounds is centrally located in Region E, so participants chose it to practice a scenario from first notification of an exposure to nerve gas to the delivery of the asset. Region E coordinator for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency Mark Winkler said Rapid response is the key to minimizing the loss of life. Sarin can cause symptoms within seconds to minutes depending on the type of exposure and the amount of the exposure, according to the CDC. A small exposure causes the body to secrete an excess amount of fluids from the eyes or mouth. A toxic amount can cause paralysis of the muscles including paralyzing the ability to breathe. Winkler says Being Prepared for the situation is crucial. for more information visit the standard Democrat.