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Disaster & Preparedness in "Disaster Place Theater"

Meet "Disaster" and "Preparedness" in the continuation of their original seven-part series, "Disaster Place Theater." Produced by the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee and Thill Media, with funding support from the Kansas City Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee's Urban Area Security Initiative grant. In March 2013, this series was honored with a 2013 silver “Telly” award for excellence in online video production. Click on any of the videos below to open in full screen format, or visit the entire playlist at

Episode 1, Disaster Place Theater: Tornado -- Get Down


Episode 2, Disaster Place Theater: Fire -- Get Out

Episode 3, Disaster Place Theater: Chemical -- Seal Up


Disaster & Preparedness

On Oct. 30, 2012, the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) presented first-place Public Awareness Awards in both the national and global categories to the Kansas City region’s Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC). MEMC and video production company Thill Media was recognized for its seven-part “Tale of Disaster and Preparedness” video series. The videos, produced last spring, introduced two characters — Disaster and Preparedness — who use humor to provide critical information about key steps people should take to be prepared for emergencies, such as having a plan, having a supply kit and staying informed.

IAEM officials called the video series one of the best examples they’ve seen of humor being used to effectively deliver key preparedness messaging. The videos are available online at They have been shared extensively through local government cable channels and websites and at community outreach events across the metro, and have received acclaim from local governments throughout the country. Earlier this year, the videos were also recognized with a prestigious 2012 Telly award and nominated for a regional Emmy award.

Episode 1: Meet Disaster & Preparedness


Episode 2: Keep Mayhem to a Minimum

Episode 3: It's Not Rocket Science


Episode 4: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Episode 5: Don't Let Disaster Have the Last Word


Episode 6: What's Your Next Move?

Episode 7: Put Disaster Down for the Count


Emergency Shelter Food Handling Safety

When disaster strikes and volunteers respond to help out either in shelters or out in the community, it is important that they have the skills to do whatever job they are assigned. If they are given the responsibility of serving food to either victims of the disaster or responders, they will need to know some basic food handling information in order to keep the food safe and healthy. This video is intended to provide basic food handling training in four different segments: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. Videos are available in English, English with captions and Spanish.

Emergency Shelter Food Handling Safety


Emergency Shelter Food Handling Safety

Emergency Shelter Food Handling Safety - In English with captions


Emergency Shelter Food Handling Safety - En Espanol