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National Preparedness Month is a great reminder to take action. Get started by watching our Disaster and Preparedness videos (subtítulos en español). Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community, your family, and your pets. Then, easily create an emergency plan with the MyPlan tool»
There are many tools to motivate your "preparedness awareness" throughout the month. Sign up for America's PrepareAthon! to participate in the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30. FEMA's theme for 2016 Preparedness Month is Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.
Stay informed using social media! Visit @PrepareMetroKC's Twitter hub and subscribe to the MetroKC #PrepList - a compiled list of over 80 county, city, police, fire and emergency management agencies in the Greater Kansas City region. If your agency is not already included on the MetroKC #PrepList and would like to be added, please email your Twitter handle to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another way to take action on preparedness month is to build your own "prep list" on social media. Combine all of your emergency and preparedness friends and those you follow in Twitter or Facebook. Download the Twitter & Facebook Lists for Emergencies: Creating a #preplist instructions courtesy of FEMA, Region 7.
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.
The KC Terrorism Early Warning group is currently a partner in the Department of Homeland Security's SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING campaign. Campaign posters may be downloaded, printed and used as a resource to raise public awareness of reporting suspicious activity in the Kansas City area. Visit the KCTEW.org website to download posters»
With Spring comes severe weather and tornadoes. Tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction. Be alert for watches and warnings in your area. Here are a few safety tips in case of tornadoes in your area:
The American Red Cross compiled some points on preparedness and safety tips that come in handy when your power goes out.
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.
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 www.mypricechopper.com and click on "Store Locator."
In late December, 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»
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.
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>
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.