Stay Informed

One minute everything is fine and the next major trouble is brewing. Situations can change rapidly, especially the weather. It's important to stay informed on the conditions in your area. Whether tornado, a major fire, or other hazard, knowing what to expect, where to avoid, and the actions you need to take can save your life. The following links are ways you can stay informed in your community. 

The Scoop on Sirens

The outdoor warning sirens are not designed to be heard in your home. The sirens' purpose is to direct people who are outdoors to move indoors and take cover. Local emergency management agencies encourage residents to have multiple means of weather notifications in the event one is not working correctly. We recommend using NOAA Weather Radios, the local news channels, and signing up for emergency and weather alerts through your county’s mass notification system.


@PrepareMetroKC Twitter Hub

The MetroKC #PrepList Twitter feed below from @PrepareMetroKC is a compilation of Twitter accounts for over 80 county, city, police, fire and emergency management agencies in the Kansas City metro.

Twitter and Facebook lists are a good way to organize the people you want to get information from. They offer a way for you to bunch other users into groups so that you can get information from them (e.g. trusted emergency management personnel) in one place — that list. To build your own preparedness list (prep list) on social media, simply download the instructions generously provided by FEMA Region 7, Twitter & Facebook Lists for Emergencies: Creating a #preplist >

If your agency is not already included on the MetroKC #PrepList and would like to be added, please email your Twitter handle to