The City of Overland Park’s Emergency Management division implements programs in order to prepare citizens for potential disaster and minimize the risks should an emergency occur.
Four Phases of Emergency Response
The Emergency Management division executes the four phases of emergency management: Mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Mitigation involves educating the public about potential hazards and their consequences, and helping resident apply the knowledge to prevent damages.
Our office works to keep every City department prepared for an emergency by updating the emergency operation plan and conducting drills and exercises. We also prepare the public for severe weather by testing the outdoor warning system and utilizing the Notify JoCo program.
The Emergency Management division responds in a disaster or emergency by coordinating the efforts of first responders, City staff, volunteers and others involved, depending on the scope and requirements of the event.
During the recovery phase of a disaster, we work to restore the community to pre-emergency conditions or better, by providing assistance and vital services to disaster victims. We also help manager relief efforts, donations and volunteers.
Emergency Operations Center
During disasters, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be activated.
In this facility, representatives from several city departments and outside agencies will work in a coordinated effort, to ensure that information gathering, decision making, and resource allocations are carried out in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Understand how you can better prepare yourself.
Keep informed of significant events that may affect you.
Contact Emergency Management
For more information contact Kyle Burns, Emergency Management Coordinator at 913-895-8308.