Safety & Security Articles

March 3, 2023 | Posted in Safety & Security
Thunderstorm during a sunset

Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a good time for individuals, families and businesses to learn about severe weather and how to protect themselves. 

February 8, 2023 | Posted in Safety & Security
KC region celebrates 40 years of 911 service

On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2023, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) will celebrate the 40th anniversary of 911 emergency phone service in the Kansas City region.  

November 29, 2022 | Posted in Safety & Security
2023 OPA Awards Graphic

MARC's Public Safety Communication Program is currently accepting nominations for the 16th Annual Outstanding Performance Awards (OPAs).

September 27, 2022 | Posted in Safety & Security
988 Suicide Hotline available to help people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Federal grant to support transition to 988 suicide and crisis lifeline; region’s first-ever coordinated, cross-county partnership addressing mobile crisis response.

August 2, 2022 | Posted in Safety & Security
A person leans on the shoulder of another, who has their arm wrapped around their shoulder in a supportive manner. Text reads "There is hope. If you or someone you know needs suipport, call or text 988, or chat"

Local community mental health centers in the Kansas City region are working together to identify best practices for a collaborative, shared approach to implementing the new 988 suicide and crisis lifeline.

July 26, 2022 | Posted in Safety & Security
Large crowd in a stadium

This brief, free online course helps volunteers and staff understand the importance of their surroundings, how and where to report suspicious activity, how to take protective actions and how to be the help until help arrives. 

May 13, 2022 | Posted in Safety & Security
911 The Thin Red Line

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Performance Awards!  The awards recognize the exceptional work that telecommunicators do for first responders and for the public. A selection committee chose the recipients from nominations submitted by 911 dispatch centers throughout the region.

This year's honorees include: 

September 7, 2021 | Posted in Safety & Security
Firefighter outside Kauffman Stadium

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, forever changed how communities prepare for and work to prevent intentional terrorist attacks and other emergencies.

August 4, 2021 | Posted in Safety & Security
Prescription medication
Properly disposing of medications protects your household and avoids disastrous cumulative effects on your local environment.
May 24, 2021 | Posted in Safety & Security
911 Hero Bekka Saurad

MARC Public Safety Program recognizes 9-year-old who helped neighbor during a medical emergency