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Safety Tips from Heart of America Fire Chiefs

Featured Tips for Summer:

On August 21, millions of people across the country will experience the first total solar eclipse to cross America coast-to-coast in 99 years. In addition to those who live in the “path of totality,” which includes a large part of the Kansas City region, up to 7 million people nationwide are expected to travel to see the eclipse.

Emergency management agencies, transportation officials and organizations like the American Red Cross are planning for traffic problems and other challenges that may be associated with the event. What can you do to prepare? Download Eclipse Safety Tips for the Kansas City region>>

Cause for Alarm!

The biggest disaster threat to families isn't floods or tornadoes; it's fire. Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. The Cause for Alarm! program is designed to help reduce injury, death and property loss caused by home fires by offering free smoke alarms to those in need. The program targets homeowners who cannot afford to purchase or install the alarms. Families who do not have a working smoke alarm --or are unsure if their smoke alarm works – can call the American Red Cross to make an appointment to have a free one installed. Trained Red Cross volunteers can install the alarms or replace batteries for residents and discuss fire safety with members of a household.

To get smoke alarms installed or batteries replaced, please call the Smoke Alarm Hotline at (816) 841-5242.

Surviving an Active Shooter Event: Run, Hide, Fight

The city of Houston's Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security Department prepared this video outlining what you should do if you find yourself in an active shooter situation: run, hide or fight.

The video is a Department of Homeland Security Grant Funded Project, produced by the City of Houston's Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. The City grants permission to use the video in the format provided for its intended purpose only, information and awareness training for the general population.

Power Outage Preparedness and Safety Tips

The American Red Cross compiled some points on preparedness and safety tips that come in handy when your power goes out.

Power outage preparedness

Power outage safety tips

The Emergency Kit You Don't Want

When the storms have passed and the weather is quiet, take advantage of the downtime to assemble an emergency kit, or to replenish items in your existing kit. Here's one example of a preparedness kit you may not want. Thanks to the American Red Cross for providing this important message.

Weather Radios Save LivesPhoto of a weather radio

Unlike outdoor sirens, all-hazards radios save lives by alerting people who are indoors when severe weather approaches. They can also alert people in homes, schools and businesses to other types of emergencies. These radios provide constant, useful and up-to-date weather information. They are equipped with a special alarm tone that will sound an alert and give immediate information in a life-threatening situation.

Project Community Alert (PCA) is a community-wide effort to distribute weather alert radios. The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC) has partnered with Price Chopper grocery stores to sell the radios at a special price, $29.95. To locate a store near you, visit and click on "Store Locator."

Regional specialized response team helps with flood response

In late December 2015, members of the Kansas City region's technical rescue teams were deployed to southwest Missouri to help respond to flooding emergencies. Team members were able to put their specialized training and equipment to good use in dangerous water conditions, helping to save seven lives.

The Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee has established specialty teams for technical rescue, hazmat, explosive ordinance disposal, tactical response and mortuary operations. Team members for each specialty are made up of emergency response professionals who train together using the same equipment and stand ready to respond to emergencies across the Kansas City region and beyond. Read the entire story»

Do you have an emergency plan?

Photo of a family discussing an emergency kitAre you and your family prepared for an emergency? If phone lines were down, if cell phones didn't work, if you couldn't get to the grocery store for a few days -- what would you do? If you had to evacuate -- where would you go?

Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. The time to plan for a disaster is now, before it happens.

CERT Rodeo in a Box

Community Emergency Response Team logoA CERT Rodeo is an opportunity to bring a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members or multiple CERT Teams together for additional training or hands-on practice of new or existing skills. It is also an important opportunity for CERT members to network, test equipment and remain active during non-disaster times. Rodeos give CERT Teams the chance to have fun and enjoy the camaraderie and friendship that comes from working alongside individuals who share a common interest and goal.

A CERT Rodeo can be as small and simple or as large and complex as you care to make it. You can offer advanced classes, work on the skills learned in the basic CERT course, meet for some friendly competition or do a combination of all of the above. Learn more, watch the training videos and download a guide to planning and hosting your own CERT Rodeo>

Disaster and Preparedness video series

In part two of the "Disaster Place Theater" video series, our characters focus on what to do — and what not to do — during a fire. This video is part of a series that focuses on the different types of responses necessary for different emergencies. The series, produced by the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee, is designed to share important information in a fun, memorable way.

Need more information? Contact your emergency manager>>