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Overview

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Officers

Chair: Gary Fisher, North Kansas City Fire Department

Vice-Chair: Matt May, Wyandotte County Emergency Management Director

Staff Contact

Erin Lynch, 816-701-8390

The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee serves as a forum for local emergency managers to discuss and resolve regional issues, problems, projects and activities related to all-hazards emergency management. The MEMC's mission is to foster coordination, communication and cooperation among local emergency management and allied organizations through the development of policies, procedures, educational programs and resource materials related to all-hazards emergency management.

The MEMC membership consists of formal members — emergency managers from cities and counties in the MARC region, local representatives from the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the National Weather Service, and representatives from state and federal emergency management agencies — and affiliate members from public, private and nonprofit organizations whose scope of work or interests are consistent with the MEMC's mission, such as construction, engineering, health/medical, insurance/risk management, media, resource and mitigation, transportation and utility companies.

The MEMC's Membership and Bylaws Committee is led by Shawnee Emergency Management Coordinator Terry Kegin and Kansas City Emergency Management Coordinator Jennifer Fales.

Current priorities

  • Convene local emergency managers for communication and the coordination of emergency management regional opportunities, strengthen partnerships between emergency management agencies, identify needs and outline strategies to address identified needs and make recommendations for investments.
  • Oversee the Metropolitan Emergency Radio System (MERS) and regional use of WebEOC.
  • Maintain support for regional public education and outreach programs, including Project Community Alert and Prepare Metro KC website and events and other efforts to reach the public and promote disaster preparedness. Develop and execute Internet, print, radio public education campaigns. 
  • Support local CERT programs.
  • Support the Medical Reserve Corps with organizational assistance and training to prepare volunteers to support local public health agencies and emergency management.
  • Oversee the Integrated Warning Team Task Force.