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Hannes Zacharias, County Manager, Johnson County, Kansas

Stephen Arbo, City Manager, Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Staff Contacts

Erin Lynch, 816/701-8390
Marlene Nagel, 816/701-8218 

The Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee (RHSCC) provides leadership to the region’s efforts to enhance capabilities to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from a broad range of threats and hazards, including terrorism, by strengthening relationships between jurisdictions and across disciplines; outlining protocols for regional action; maximizing the sharing and coordination of resources; and enhancing the capabilities of first responders/receivers through equipment, training and exercise investments; and improving surveillance, early detection and mitigation of hazards and threats.

The RHSCC operates as a policy committee of the MARC Board of Directors and oversees regional emergency preparedness and homeland security grant funds. Its members — elected and appointed leaders from the nine counties in the MARC region — oversee the financial and programmatic aspects of the grants.

This structure provides strong board leadership with its working subcommittees and long-standing partner committees charged with helping direct work to accomplish specific strategy plan goals, and to ensure that other homeland security grant opportunities are known and leveraged, and that deliverables not specifically outlined in the strategy plan are met.

Current work plan priorities include:
  • Sustain multi-disciplined regional collaborative efforts to share information, minimize duplication and maximize resource sharing.
  • Identify and secure new grants and determine use of new resources.
  • Develop strategies for maintaining strong regional response systems with reduced federal support.
  • Strengthen public-private partnerships in the region.
  • Communicate with one regional voice to state and federal officials about the region’s needs and positions on legislative, regulatory and funding issues.