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The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee urges anyone who wants to contribute to disaster relief efforts ongoing in Oklahoma to donate cash to disaster relief organizations rather than donating goods. “We know people in the Kansas City metro want to help,” said Bob Evans, MEMC Chair, “and cash helps relief organizations to quickly provide people who were affected by the disaster with exactly the help they need most.” MEMC recommends that people who want to help consider donating to reputable organizations of their choice, such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way or local organizations within the communities affected.
Memorial Day is considered the traditional start of the summer season, so this is a good time to review tips for summer safety. If last year is any indication, it might be another scorcher. It’s important to remember how deadly extreme heat can be and know how to avoid becoming ill. During a heat wave, postpone outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, as much as possible, and stay indoors in air conditioning. If you have to be outside, wear sunscreen and cover as much of the body as possible with light colored clothing. Make sure you drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty, and limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine. Check on neighbors, friends and relatives who spend much of their time alone and don’t have air conditioning. For more information about heat safety, visit http://www.preparemetrokc.org/Know_the_Risks/heat.asp.
“A Tale of Disaster and Preparedness,” the fun and informative video series created by the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee of Greater Kansas City earlier this year, will be recognized at the International Association of Emergency Managers 60th Annual Conference to be held Oct. 26–Nov. 1 in Orlando. The video series won first place in the Public Awareness Award (State, Regional or Nonprofit) categories of both the IAEM-USA and IAEM-Global competitions. View the entire video series on our YouTube page, and watch for three new episodes coming soon.
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.
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.
Emergency management officials know that in weather emergencies, 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 new 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>
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."