Co-Chair: Jan Zimmerman, Police Chief, Raymore, Missouri
Co-Chair: Chuck Magaha, Emergency Management Directory, Leavenworth County
Erin Lynch, 816/701-8390
This committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.
All meetings are listed on the emergency services calendar and are open to the public.
For meeting agendas and summaries, please contact MARC Emergency Services saff at 816/474-4240.
The Plans Committee is a joint venture of of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee and the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee.
Over the last 10 years, the region has invested considerable time and resources into developing a number of regional planning initiatives across the entire spectrum of Emergency Services. These initiatives describe or provide input into how the region is, will or should coordinate efforts to maximize efficiency and reduce redundancy in prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery for all threats and hazards. As the region matures in its planning process, fewer resources will need to be devoted to creating new initiatives, but will instead focus of updating, maintaining and improving existing plans.
Local jurisdictions benefit from these plans in a number of ways:
Strengthening/informing local plans. The Regional Coordination Guide was developed specifically to augment Local Emergency Operations Plans, providing information and templates that could be plugged in where needed. Likewise, the Regional Evacuation Plan was developed to address identified gaps in local plans.
Operational coordination to maximize community protection. The health care community regularly coordinates operational activities, such as the transport and care of patients, resource management, and maintenance and distribution of pharmaceuticals. The coordination resulted from a series of collaborative planning processes. The Mass Casualty Incident Plan describes how EMS agencies will work together to respond to transport and treat large numbers of wounded; the Regional Healthcare Coordination System describes how hospitals will coordinate medical surge needs and resources; and the Ambulance Diversion Plan describes how EMS and hospitals will manage patient loads during high volume periods.
Building community resilience. The goal of emergency preparedness is to make local governments, businesses and citizens more capable of mitigating and recovering from disasters; the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) template was designed for local governments and business to aid in developing plans to ensure the continuation of essential functions. The Functional Needs Resource Directory contains a listing of agencies and organizations with assets that could help support individuals with functional/access needs during disasters, allowing them to maintain their independence and speeding recovery.
Allow for federal grant funding opportunities. Plans such as the Regional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and Port Risk Mitigation Plan are pre-requisites to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant and Port Security Grant funds (respectively) and require periodic review and update. Having these as regional plans means local jurisdictions don’t have to individually maintain them, but are still eligible to apply for grant funding. The THIRA and UASI Strategy Plans are both requirements of the Homeland Security Grant Program and the LEPC Plan is a requirement from both the states of Kansas and Missouri for LEPCs to be eligible to receive funding.