Prepared | Aware | Proactive
It can happen anywhere … at work or school, at a concert or restaurant, or just walking down the street, you could suddenly find yourself in the midst of an attack where someone is trying to harm you and those around you. No community is immune.
Across the Kansas City region, emergency service professionals are working together to help all of us learn what we can do to be prepared, aware and proactive — to be KC Ready.
What does it mean to be KC Ready?
For People and Families
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Know how and where to report suspicious activity.
- Learn to “Be the Help Until Help Arrives,” with simple steps for life-saving actions.
- Get connected and stay informed.
- Review the If You See Something, Say Something infographic to learn how to recognize the signs of suspicious activity.
- Report suspicious activity using the Safe Nation suspicious activity reporting solution.
- Watch the FBI’s Run. Hide. Fight. video to learn tactics to escape an active threat.
For Businesses and Event Venues
- Assess your risks and vulnerabilities.
- Develop an emergency plan and train staff on security procedures and first aid.
- Conduct site assessments and know your risks.
- Connect with local law enforcement and public safety agencies.
- Participate in local and regional exercises.
- Take our free online training and participate in local and regional exercises.
For Local Governments
- Assess your risks and vulnerabilities. Conduct site assessments and know your risks.
- Implement baseline security standards at community events.
- Share information with your community and host training classes.
- Conduct exercises with businesses, schools and others in your community.
- Connect with regional planning committees and participate in regional exercises.
How to be the help until help arrives
Serious injuries require immediate action to stop someone from dying. Those nearest to someone with life-threatening injuries are best positioned to provide the first care. You can play a critical role in emergency response.
ASSESS THE SITUATION — Learn how to assess the situation so you can stay safe and how to move the injured away from further harm.
CALL 911 — Learn how to effectively communicate with a 911 dispatcher, including what information you should provide and what questions the dispatcher may ask.
STOP THE BLEEDING — Learn how to apply pressure to a wound and when and how to use a tourniquet to stop bleeding.
POSITION THE INJURED — Learn proper positioning techniques that will help keep airways clear for the injured, whether they are conscious or unconscious.
PROVIDE COMFORT — Learn how you can provide physical and emotional comfort to the injured.
Help prevent an incident
We all play a role in keeping our communities safe. It’s easy to be distracted during our daily routines such as going to work, school, or the grocery store, but as you’re going about your day, if you see something that doesn’t seem quite right, say something.
Download the flyer to learn more about recognizing the signs of terrorism-related suspicious activity.
In the event of a hate crime threat, please review the Hate Crime Threat Response Guide from the FBI.
What should you do if your school receives a social media threat? The Social Media Threat Guidance for School Staff and Authorities guide from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) provides a list of actions and mitigation measures.
For critical infrastructure workers
Personal Security Considerations Action Guide for Critical Infrastructure Workers helps critical infrastructure workers assess their security posture and provide options to consider whether they are on or off the job. This action guide provides actionable recommendations and resources intended to prevent and mitigate threats to a critical infrastructure worker’s personal safety.
Be the one to speak up
Have you witnessed suspicious behavior or situations? Report it online using the Safe Nation suspicious activity reporting solution. Your tip could help save a life.