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Regional Coordination Guide

The Kansas City Metropolitan Area Regional Coordination Guide (RCG) is an all-hazard, capabilities-based guide designed to address any of the hazards potentially affecting the metro area. The RCG is for use by all local governments, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including private and volunteer agencies and organizations in the metro region.

The RCG ensures that a series of formal actions are in place to facilitate communication and cooperation between the many agencies and organizations in the region that might be involved in emergency events that require some degree of regional coordination. Participation in the activities described in the RCG is voluntary and the RCG is not intended to be an operational document. Operational emergency activities are coordinated through local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and described in local Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs), standard operating guides, and the operating procedures maintained by local emergency response agencies and organizations.

The RCG is organized using a Base Guide and 15 Emergency Support Function (ESF) annexes. The Base Guide provides the overall organizational structure for regional coordination, while the ESF annexes address the regional issues associated with specific emergency functions. 

The RCG was developed with oversight from the Metropolitan Emergency Management Committee (MEMC) Plans Subcommittee and support from planning task forces and workgroups comprised of local government officials, response personnel, voluntary agency representatives and members of the private sector. In addition, the regional coordination protocols described in the RCG have been endorsed by the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee (RHSCC), which provides oversight and policy guidance for homeland security issues and funding in the metro area.

Regional Coordination Guide and Emergency Support Functions