Michael Curry has earned a Level 2 certification from the Missouri Emergency Preparedness Association.
Earthquake Threat
A modern repeat of the 1811 and 1812 earthquakes that struck the "boot heel" of Missouri would cause widespread damage.
2011 Exercise

Eastern Jackson County Emergency Management Team
Excessive Heat
Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the nation. Learn about heat warnings, advisories and illnesses. Also view a list of local "cooling stations."

Shelter Program

National &
State Initiatives

Related Links


      Emergency Preparedness & Homeland Security

Be Safe
Whether you're traveling, hosting a family gathering, shopping or attending a community event, emergency services professionals in the Greater Kansas City region have some holiday tips to help keep you and your family safe. Use the links below and learn more at preparemetrokc.org.

Prepare For Winter Driving
Prepare for winter driving

Protect Your Home and Family
Protect your home and family

Be Vigiland In Crowds
Be Vigilant in crowds

Michael Curry

Missouri Certified
Level 2
Emergency Manager

201 W. Lexington, Suite 201
Independence, MO 64050
(816) 304-4624
The Emergency Preparedness & Homeland Security Department is responsible for preparing, planning and coordinating the various agencies that respond to emergency situations within Jackson County. The department prepares 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 WorksInformation Technology and the Medical Examiner.

Emergency Preparedness & 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.

The department operates a functional Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It also oversees the training of various County agencies and individual employees, the development of County facility evacuation plans, the generation of federal-grant funding and involvement in community service through volunteer groups within Jackson County.


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; an extension of the Citizens Responsibility Annex; and the training of 1,000 Red Cross volunteers, as well as Certified Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Citizen Search groups.


Jackson County Emergency Preparedness works in concert with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Kansas City Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), the Untied 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 advisor to the Medical Reserve Crops and the KC Regional Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster.




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 a new information service to help alert you about a potential emergency in a timely fashion using the latest technology. This service, provided by Nixle, LLC, delivers crucial notifications -- via the web, e-mail or text message -- about the area where you live. > MORE



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