How is my community preparing for natural disasters?

Overview

Natural hazards such as tornadoes and floods leave permanent marks on people and communities. It pays to prepare, and that's one reason local governments are currently updating their plans to help protect property and save lives.

Missouri residents in five counties gave feedback online and in person about what actions they thought governments should — or shouldn't — be taking to reduce the impact of natural hazards. Learn more »

Participating Missouri communities

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Cass County

Clay County

Jackson County

Platte County

Ray County

Peculiar Kearney Kansas City, Mo.** Riverside  
Loch Lloyd Gladstone Oak Grove West Platte R-II School District  
Pleasant Hill Liberty Grandview Weatherby Lake  
Pleasant Hill R-III School District Smithville Raytown Tracy  
Archie R-V School District Pleasant Valley Blue Springs Parkville  
Harrisonville School District North Kansas City Independence Houston Lake  
Strasburg   Lee's Summit Platte City  
Raymore   Lone Jack C-6 School District Northmoor  
Garden City        
 
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Background

The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires all state and local governments to adopt hazard mitigation plans as a prerequisite to receiving certain grant funding. This requirement applies to both pre- and post-disaster planning and recovery grants. 

The Mid-America Regional Council assisted cities and county governments in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in 2004 by preparing a Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which provides a tool for local communities to identify and mitigate risks to people and property. After formal adoption by the participating jurisdictions, the plan was approved by FEMA on March 8, 2005.

Per federal regulation, all hazard mitigation plans require a five-year review and update; the current plan expires March 8, 2010. The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee is leading this effort to update the 2004 plan for counties on the Missouri side of the region.