Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee

This site was created in cooperation with the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee, and is supported by funding from the Department of Homeland Security.


Know the Risks in Your Area

The first step in preparing for emergencies is to learn more about the risks. Different types of disasters will call for different types of responses. For example, flooding might require evacuation while a chemical spill might require you to stay in your home and shelter in place. Understanding the risks and knowing what to do in each situation will help you protect yourself and your family.

Natural Hazards

In the Greater Kansas City area, natural disasters are the greatest risk for you and your family — particularly tornadoes, severe storms and floods. We are also susceptible to extreme heat and drought, and have a moderate risk of earthquake damage due to the New Madrid fault in southeast Missouri. In the winter, ice storms often cause power outages in our area, which can lead to risks from using generators and concerns about food safety.

Man-made disasters

The Department of Homeland Security categorizes potential terrorist threats into these categories: chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive. These kinds of disasters are commonly known by the acronym CBRNE (pronounced cee-burn). While the odds of any of these types of events happening in your community may be small, it is still important to learn what to do in these situations.

More common risks include fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and transportation hazards. You should also be aware of health risks, such as pandemic influenza or West Nile Virus.

Use the links above to learn more about each of these hazards, or contact your local emergency management department for more information.