At its initial meeting in June 2002, the RHSCC adopted a set of guiding principles and funding policies. The committee also established goals and strategies that have been updated periodically. A strategic planning framework, updated in 2015, provides an overview of how current projects align with these goals and with target capabilites defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Regional Strategy Plan
Agencies and organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area will continue to cooperate to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from the threats and hazards the region faces through coordinated planning, information and resource sharing, training and exercise, and critical equipment replacement.
Strategy Plan Goals
Achieve and maintain regional capabilities to quickly communicate and coordinate operations among emergency services agencies, critical infrastructure operators, other potentially impacted entities, and state and federal partners to protect the public and the region’s critical infrastructure and systems against disasters and terrorism. Implement an integrated response structure to set operational priorities, mobilize resources and engage in response and recovery activities.
CORE CAPABILITIES | Operational Coordination
PLANNING AND RECOVERY:
Support and strengthen local and regional prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery plans.
CORE CAPABILITIES | Planning • Infrastructure Systems • Economic • Housing • Health and Social Services
PUBLIC INFORMATION AND WARNING:
Local governments, community organizations, businesses and individuals have relevant and timely information to prepare for threats and hazards and take action before and after disasters.
CORE CAPABILITIES | Public Information and Warning
PREVENTION AND PROTECTION:
Maintain capabilities necessary to prevent and protect against terrorism and other hazards.
CORE CAPABILITIES | Intelligence and Information Sharing • Forensics and Attribution • Access Control • Risk Management • Physical Protective Measures • Interdiction and Disruption • Cybersecurity
Reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impacts of disasters that occur within the Kansas City region.
CORE CAPABILITIES | Threats and Hazard Identification • Community Resilience • Long-Term Vulnerability Reduction
Maintain regional capabilities to respond effectively to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after a disaster.
CORE CAPABILITIES | Operational Communication • Situational Assessment • Environmental Response/Health and Safety • Mass Search and Rescue • Fatality Management • On-Scene Security and Protection • Public Health and Medical Services • Mass Care Services