American Red Cross
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
Ready In Three
Do you know what to do when disaster strikes? Do you have a plan? Fire, police and emergency medical services may be delayed or unable to respond. With a plan and a supply kit you can help to protect yourself and your family. Whether it’s tornadoes, flooding, winter storms or an act of terrorism — emergencies occur quickly and without warning. Although we cannot prevent emergencies, we can prepare for them. Be ready! Create a family emergency plan. Build an emergency supply kit.
Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)
The State Emergency Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) plans for and responds to both natural and human-caused disasters. The Division helps to coordinate activities before, during and after emergencies through partnerships with local, state, federal and private agencies. The Division’s main objectives are to preserve life and reduce the impact of disasters.
Missouri Office of Homeland Security
A safe and secure Missouri is one of the most basic building blocks upon which our state’s future rests. To ensure security, the Missouri Office of Homeland Security was established on September 26, 2001. Missouri was the first state in the nation to create an Office of Homeland Security in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Executive Order 05-20 was signed on July 21, 2005, moving the Missouri Office of Homeland Security to the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Placing the office here has allowed for better coordination between the Department of Public Safety agencies that do much of the daily work that makes up homeland security, such as the State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. In the same executive order, the Homeland Security Advisory Council was established to review state and local security plans and grant funding requests and make recommendations for changes to better protect Missourians. The Homeland Security Advisory Council was designed to be comprised of the director of the Department of Public Safety and relevant Public Safety division directors and, equally as important, directors of other state departments. This ensures a statewide focus for homeland security and an effective means for coordination of resources.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA has more than 2,600 full time employees. They work at FEMA headquarters in Washington D.C., at regional and area offices across the country, the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, and the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. FEMA also has nearly 4,000 standby disaster assistance employees who are available for deployment after disasters. Often FEMA works in partnership with other organizations that are part of the nation’s emergency management system. These partners include state and local emergency management agencies, 27 federal agencies and the American Red Cross.
FEMA Region VII
From its offices in Kansas City, FEMA’s Region VII works in partnership with the emergency management agencies of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebrasks to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Region VII’s most common challenges are tornados and severe storms that can cause flooding and flash-flooding throughout the region.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Homeland Security leverages resources within federal, state, and local governments, coordinating the transition of multiple agencies and programs into a single, integrated agency focused on protecting the American people and their homeland. More than 87,000 different governmental jurisdictions at the federal, state, and local level have homeland security responsibilities. The comprehensive national strategy seeks to develop a complementary system connecting all levels of government without duplicating effort. Homeland Security is truly a “national mission.”
State Emergency Management Associations
Established in 1955, the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers (AMEM) is comprised of over 400 county, city and other emergency response planners throughout the state of Minnesota. The association strives to develop a solid network of experienced Emergency Management professionals; foster and advocate the development of procedures and programs which advance disaster preparedness throughout Minnesota; insure a high caliber of training and professional development; and cultivate a professional society for its’ members.
Nebraska Association of Emergency Management
NAEM is a professional organization that promotes and supports emergency management partnerships with public & private agencies for preservation of life safety and property and for the purpose of developing disaster resilient communities.
Illinois Emergency Services Management Association
Our Mission…To assist the State of Illinois and its local governments in maintaining effective emergency services and emergency management programs to protect the lives and property of its citizens.
Kansas Emergency Management Association
Kansas Emergency Management Association is a network of leaders dedicated to providing excellence in emergency management for Kansas.
Oklahoma Emergency Management Association
The Oklahoma Emergency Management Association is a dedicated group of emergency management professionals across the State of Oklahoma. The Association assists state, county, municipal and tribal emergency managers and their staff in furthering our continuing mission to minimize the effects of attack, technological and natural disasters upon Oklahomans by organizing community preparedness and hazard mitigation plans, educating the public on disaster preparedness, and by coordinating emergency response and disaster recovery operations.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is partnering with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) to offer a Master’s Degree Program for local, state, tribal and federal government officials (civilian and military) with responsibilities in homeland security.