Emergency Preparedness & Homeland Security
Tornadoes... Floods... Blizzards... All are very real threats in our area. Sounding the alarm during an emergency situation, such as severe weather, is essential. Therefore, the Jackson County Emergency Preparedness Department has launched an information service to help alert you about a potential emergency in a timely fashion using the latest technology. Signup online to receive email or text emergency alerts about the area where you live.
The Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Department is responsible for preparing, planning and coordinating various agencies that respond to emergency situations within Jackson County. The department also helps prepare citizens and businesses for disasters and large-scale emergencies that are either man-made or caused by nature.
It also coordinates both planning and response activities with other local jurisdictions and with other County agencies, including the Sheriff’s Office, Health Department, Public Works, Information Technology and the Medical Examiner.
Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security coordinates its activities with the State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and with federal (FEMA) coordinators to ensure that the citizens of Jackson County and their property are protected. Created by a County Executive Order on November 2, 2007, the department develops and maintains an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), which is to be reviewed and certified by SEMA annually.
Emergency Operations Center
County Resolution 17200 designates that the department operate the primary Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 950 N. Spring in Independence, Mo. This facillity is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The facility is activated during times of emergency and serves as a source of direction and coordination for agencies that would be involved in response to that emergency.
The Department of Emergency Preparedness is currently working on several projects, including the expansion of the Faith-Based Organization (FBO) Safe Shelter Program; the development of regional shelters in Eastern Jackson County that will shelter up to 18,000 people; preparedness presentations; the training of shelter volunteers and increasing countywide participation in the Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT).
Jackson County Emergency Preparedness works in concert with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Kansas City Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), the United Way and Family Services Division, and area faith-based organizations.
The Jackson County Emergency Preparedness Directors works in concert with the Public Safety Commission, Regional Homeland Security, LEPC and MEMC committees, and serves as an adviser to the Medical Reserve Crops, SEMA Director, the KC VOAD and is the Co-Chair of the Missouri Governor’s Faith Based Shelter Program.