Kansas City is not alone in the universe or even in the Midwest. We are situated in a vibrant and diverse bi-state area with an estimated population of approximately 2 million people in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Maybe you live in Kansas City, Missouri, work in Johnson County, Kansas and shop in Independence, Missouri. We cross city, county, and state boundaries on a routine basis, sometimes without realizing that we have done so.
We are fortunate to have such close neighbors that we can rely on for mutual aid assistance and resources during major incidents. Figuring out how we will coordinate and share over the large geographical distance and jurisdictional boundaries takes collaboration and careful planning.
In addition to our local plans, the Kansas City, MO Office of Emergency Management works with other area jurisdictions to coordinate how we will respond regionally to large disasters and how we can assist each other on smaller emergencies.
An entire list of regional plans and links to the public plans can be found on the Mid-America Regional Council’s website here: Regional Plans
With a motto of “Think regionally, act locally” we are working with our partners to make sure there is a plan in place wherever you may be in the region when a disaster occurs.