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Hurricanes and Wildfires

Volunteers and emergency services personnel are working around the clock to help those stranded, injured, or otherwise impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. And in the western half of the U.S., there's been significant impact from massives wildfires.

There are ways we in Kansas City can participate in the life saving and relief efforts: donate blood and make a monetary donation. Resources are listed below, and you can always check our Twitter feed for more ideas from other KC metro organizations.

Pets are family, too - they rely on us to care for them! If you have to evacuate, then it's not safe for your pet to stay behind, either. Prepare for your pet now so you know what to do when you're in a real-time situation: download a Pet First Aid app for your phone, print and keep a Pet Safety Checklist, and learn about your pet's recovery after a disaster. These and more resources are available at the Red Cross Pet Disaster Preparedness website >>

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.

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.

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.

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."

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>>