Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Alerts

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 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 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.


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 Director works in concert with the Public Safety Commission, Regional Homeland Security, LEPC and MEMC committees, the Medical Reserve Crops, SEMA Director, the KC VOAD and the Missouri Governor’s Faith Based Shelter Program.