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Warming Centers in the Kansas City Metro

The United Way of Greater Kansas City provides a list of warming centers throughout the region. If you or someone you know are in need of shelter from the cold, visit the United Way website: Or, dial 2-1-1 for United Way 2-1-1, and connect to a person who can help.

Dress Appropriately for Cold Weather

When the temperature is below zero, you can easily get frostbite or worse. The colder it gets, the more you need to be prepared. If you are going to be outside in winter weather, keep these tips in mind:

For more information about how you and your loved ones can stay safe in cold weather, visit our Winter Weather Safety page>

2015 Severe Weather Awareness Week Announced

Kansas and Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week will be held March 2-6, 2015. The live tornado drill will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The backup date for the drill will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is commonly known as “the silent killer.” Because it is colorless, odorless and tasteless, none of your senses can detect it. CO claims the lives of almost 300 people in their homes each year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CO is a potentially deadly gas that is produced by fuel-burning heating equipment, such as furnaces, wood stoves, fireplaces and kerosene heaters. Follow these guidelines to help keep your family safe:

National Night Out

Since 1986, public safety, fire, police and communications personnel from the Riverside Public Safety Department have organized a National Night Out event in October 2014 for the public to attend. In the past two years, the Riverside event has combined National Night Out with its annual Fire Prevention Night, which has been running since 2009.

Activities at the Riverside National Night Out include presentations and educational materials from outside groups such as Operation Lifesaver Health Department (local railroad safety) and Kids ID (local Masonic group), as well as demonstrations by public safety personnel from Riverside and other local jurisdictions. This year, more than 280 citizens attended the National Night Out event and enjoyed hot dogs, drinks, cotton candy and other snacks while learning about public safety.

Olathe hosts first area Spanish CERT Academy

In early August, the Olathe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hosted the region’s first CERT training conducted in Spanish. The Olathe CERT is one of 13 active teams in the Kansas City region. Together, these teams have a combined membership of close to 3,000 residents who are trained to help their neighbors and communities in times of disaster. Using the training they acquire in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can help others in their neighborhoods or workplaces when professional responders are not immediately available to help. More>


Do you have an emergency plan?

Are 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

A 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>

Emergency alert system delivers warnings directly to cell phones

Emergency management officials know that in weather emersgencies, such as tornados, warnings can save lives. But they can’t always rely on traditional warning methods — television, radio and outdoor sirens — to reach everyone. Through a partnership with FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, officials are now able to send warnings directly to cell phones. Using the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, the National Weather Service will send warnings for tornados, flash floods, blizzards and ice storms in the Kansas City area to cell towers that serve affected counties. The warnings will go automatically to any newer-model cell phones within range of the towers. Learn more>

Weather Radios Save Lives

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."

Surviving an Active Shooter Event: Run, Hide, Fight

After the recent shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., 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.

New national ad campaign: "Winging it is not an emergency plan"

Just in time for September’s National Preparedness Month, the Ad Council has released some humorous new videos on how not to be prepared. After a fun look at what not to do, the ads encourage parents to talk with their children about who to call, where to meet and what to pack in an emergency, and send viewers to for more information.

Watch for these new ads on local TV stations, or view them now on You Tube:

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.

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