|Sanders praised Congressman Cleaver for helping secure the necessary federal dollars to make the EOC a reality. Following the May 2011 tornado that devastated Joplin, Cleaver contacted local officials in the Kansas City area, asking them what they required to respond to a similar tragedy.
"We all came together," Sanders noted, "and said, 'Congressman, we need this facility.' He went to work in Washington, D.C. to bring these dollars back here to make sure that by planning today and opening this facility we can save lives tomorrow."
"This is a good day," Cleaver said during the dedication ceremony. "We are all here to make sure we maximize our ability to protect this community, whether it's a tornado or a flood. And those things do happen. They do happen. No one can tell us we are going to be exempt."
Reimal and Sanders both expressed gratitude to the volunteers who worked on completing EOC.
"The volunteers who worked to get this done are a group of people who'll probably never tell you they do that much," Reimal said. "But they did a great deal to put this facility together. It is with a great deal of gratitude that I say to those volunteers, 'Thank you very much.'"
Also on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony were Jackson County Legislator Crystal Williams (2nd At-Large District), Independence At-Large Councilman Jim Schultz, Lee's Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads, Blue Springs Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Quibell and Missouri State Legislator (District 51) Ira Anders.