FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 1, 2015
City Hall participates in annual Fire Drill on Oct. 2, Offices closed from 8 a.m. to noon
Intersections near City Hall will close as staff prepare for safe evacuation
The City of Kansas City, Mo., announces that City Hall, located at 414 E. 12th St., will hold a fire drill sometime between 8 a.m. and noon on Friday, Oct. 3. The City’s 311 Call Center, which is located in City Hall, will be closed for a brief period during the drill and will reopen no later than 12 p.m. During the fire drill, residents may still contact 311 online at kcmo.gov/311 or by using the 311 mobile app.
To accommodate safe evacuation of City Hall, the following intersections will be closed for a brief period sometime between 8 a.m. and noon: 11th and Oak streets, 11th and Cherry streets, 12th and Oak streets, and 12th and Locust streets. The Fire Department will participate in the training exercise, and police will be on hand to direct traffic to make the drill as realistic as possible. Total closure time at these four intersections should be less than one hour.
“Our annual fire drill provides City Hall staff with the opportunity to practice the steps they would take in a real emergency,” said David Marshall, one of the City’s assistant corporate safety managers “By practicing these procedures, employees become better prepared to assist our citizens during a real emergency event. The drill also allows us to test all of the components of our emergency exit system including alarms, exits and shelter areas.”
The fire drill will not only help prepare City employees for an actual fire or emergency, it will also ask employees to consider how they would securely evacuate City Hall visitors during such an event. The City appreciates the public’s patience during this important safety exercise.
An executive team comprising members from the City’s General Services, Human Resources, Fire and Police departments planned the drill. Planning included integrating internal emergency text messaging and educational components to help City Hall’s 600+ employees safely evacuate. The team also has developed contingency plans to help City employees and customers who may not be able to descend the 29-story City Hall’s stairs on their own.
For media inquiries or more information about the fire drill, please contact Eric Hallerud, Corporate Safety Manager, at 816-513-1430.