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Warning Systems

The MEMC has been very active in establishing a network in the Kansas City region to warn local governments and the public in the event of approaching severe weather. The primary components of this warning system are the Metropolitan Emergency Radio System (MERS) and the Emergency Manager's Weather Information Network.

On the first Wednesday of each month, approximately 35 emergency management and law enforcement agencies conduct a roll call test of the MERS system to ensure that it is ready to use in the event of an emergency. 

These agencies also conduct regular tests of outdoor warning sirens. MEMC members have worked to develop common guidelines for the outdoor warning sirens throughout the various jurisdictions of Kansas City metropolitan area to minimize confusion in emergency situations.  

In 2012, the MEMC developed a flier for use in public education about the new Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems that use wireless emergency alert (WEA) technology to send warnings through cell phones. Download the flier»

The MEMC also encourages the use of NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radios through its Project Community Alert initiative.