Friday, January 30, 2009
If you go to www.kcpl.com and click on PowerWatch you can look at this information.
This team would improve communications between these three parts and ultimately with the general public. The three days were well attended by all three sectors and included nationally-renowed speakers who were experts in the public perception of weather-related warnings. Media representatives were present from all four major television stations in the Kansas City viewing area including Brian Busby (ABC) and Joe Lauria (FOX).
The Integrated Warning Team will continue to meet together in the future to understand how to continue to improve the emergency preparedness of all local citizens. Specifically, the partners discussed the best ways to use new communication tools available from the National Weather Service or through the internet (ex: Twitter).
Thursday, January 29, 2009
An earthquake occurs just about every day somewhere in the Midwest, yet many people in the Kansas City area may not know anything about them. Even though the chance of a damaging earthquake affecting this area is low, there is a need to be aware of the earthquake hazard that exists in Kansas and Missouri.
Several local emergency management partners in conjunction with FEMA and the Missouri and Kansas State Divisions of Emergency Management are providing a "town hall meeting" on February 19, 2009 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM to inform local citizens out local earthquake threat. The meeting will take place at the Platte County Resource Center at 11724 NW Plaza Circle, Kansas City, MO 64153.
The presentation will discuss specific planning that is taking place to help coordinate the response after a major earthquake in the Midwest, and steps you can take to better prepare for such an event. Regional, state, and federal officials will be available for questions about these topics.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
However, we need your help! The plan and related information is posted here. Please review the site and provide commentary and feedback to help us make the plan as effective as possible. Invite your friends, family, and coworkers who live in Johnson County to do the same.
This plan is a significant portion of how Johnson County prepares for emergencies and disasters.
In advance, thanks for your help!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Anyone from the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend to learn more about severe weather events. The presentation will by approximately two (2) hours long and is provided by a highly trained meteorologist from the National Weather Service. The presenter will discuss various aspects of severe weather including physical characteristics, storm spotting, and personal safety.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
Many of you may already be active CERT members in your community. If not, programs are available in Olathe, Overland Park, Merriam, Fairway, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Westwood, Westwood Hills, DeSoto, Leawood, Edgerton, and Shawnee. Many of these programs are seeking out new CERT volunteers to start 2009 off right.
For more information about CERT or any of these programs (including pictures, brochures, and contact information), visit here.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The presentation will by approximately two (2) hours long and is provided by a highly trained meteorologist from the National Weather Service. The presenter will discuss various aspects of severe weather including physical characteristics, storm spotting, and personal safety.
For more information about Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, visit www.jocoem.org or subscribe to the Johnson County Emergency Preparedness Blog at www.jocoprepared.blogspot.com.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Communicators from Johnson County Emergency Management and the Kansas Department of Emergency Management taught a Basic Public Information Officer course this week for staff from various agencies in Johnson, Wyandotte, and Douglas Counties.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Additional information on the outdoor warning system can always be found at www.jocoem.org/outdoor_warning.htm.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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Monday, January 5, 2009
This is one of the simplest things people can do to be personally prepared. We strongly encourage you to consider embracing this concept.