Emergency responders face the difficult task of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the citizens they serve. Natural and man-made disasters augment the daily threats that responders face. The threat of disaster poses an especially large risk due to their massive sizes and therefore, additional susceptibility to hazards. The Kansas City government created an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to combat the most likely dangers they are likely to face based off of their Threats, Hazards Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA). Kansas City is a major metropolitan city that straddles the border between the states of Missouri and Kansas. The city is situated along the Missouri River and boasts a population of 475,378 as of 2015 according to …show more content…
The large population size and business investments presents a personnel and financial hazard to the city. Kansas City is a major transportation and economic hub that is responsible for millions of tons of cargo passing in and out annually worth trillions. The city is in the heart of the Midwest and is vulnerable to tornadoes and snow storms. Man-made disasters are also a constant hazard due to the sports teams that attract tens of thousands of visitors. The Kansas City government identifies possible risks and hazards they face by conducting a THIRA. The last publicly available THIRA was from the year 2012 and was conducted by the Mid-America Regional Council on Homeland Security. The THIRA: lists a total of eight natural and man-made disasters that the city believes is possible, identifies goals and objectives in combating these threats, and indicates timelines for completing the goals. The eight scenarios listed are: tornado, severe winter weather, HAZMAT release, IED/armed terrorist attack, cybersecurity, emerging infectious disease, anthrax, and waterway & bridges (KC, p. 1). The commonality shared between the disasters that the city has identified is that they could potentially affect a large percentage of the population. Consequently, they will require a joint response effort from multiple agencies and possibly from multiple jurisdictions as well. The THIRA
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According to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there are many factors that will affect the direction of emergency management in the coming years. These can be classified as global challenges, global opportunities, national challenges, national opportunities, professional challenges, and professional opportunities. Global Challenges include some issues like global climate change, increasing population and population density, increasing resource scarcities, rising income inequality, and increasing risk aversion. Global Opportunities has to do with increased scientific understanding of the hazards and societal responses, as well as revolutionary technologies. National Challenges involves increasing urbanization and hazard exposure, interdependencies in infrastructure, continued emphasis on growth, rising costs of disaster recovery, increasing population diversity, terrorist threats, low priority of emergency management, legal liability, and intergovernmental tensions. Due to these factors that will affect the direction of emergency management in the coming years, there is need for us at emergency management division to adjust operational plans to meet these challenges and especially changes emanating from constant changes expected in technology and other threats we face.
Population grew due to people trying to influence the decision.("Bleeding Kansas"). Surrounding the pro slavery towns with anti slavery camps to trap and basically starve them. People tried starting towns but some were burned right after their birth.Which destroyed Kansas’s economy("Bleeding Kansas").
Louis and Kansas City are moderately similar. Some might argue that Kansas City is a safer city on account of its lower homicide statistics. At the same time, St. Louis has a slightly lower rate of aggravated assaults. In 2013, the City of St. Louis experienced a violent year for homicides, racking up one hundred twenty. (SLMPD.org).
Kansas Listeni/ˈkænzəs/ is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe's name (natively kką:ze) is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south wind", although this was probably not the term's original meaning. Residents of Kansas are called "Kansans". For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Kansas was first settled by European Americans in the 1830s, but the pace of settlement
Across the United States, there have been natural and human-caused disasters which have led to increasing levels of death, injury, property damage, and more affecting business and government services. In addition, the negative impact causes an even immense impact on families and individuals. People and property in the state of Arizona are at risk from a variety of hazards that have the potential for causing widespread loss of life and damage to property, infrastructure and the environment. The 2016 Arizona Threat Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA) are the results of a collaborative effort by the Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs-Division of Emergency Management, and Arizona
Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri. It is also the 6th largest city in the Midwest. As of 2015, the city had around 475,000 residents and was the 36th largest city in the nation. Kansas City straddles the Kansas-Missouri border and a portion of the city lies in the state of Kansas as well.
Local protective measure planning equips first responders with the knowledge needed to organize efficient response results in the event of an emergency. Structured open dialogue between local emergency jurisdictions enables responders to delegate the appropriate individuals and equipment resources to the impacted local areas requiring the most aid following a terror event. By establishing a streamlined communication framework, local emergency responders can collaborate their efforts and resources to promote collective well-being. When a local emergency plan specifies what responders and resources belong where and at what time, response overlap and shortages can be avoided. Unionized response action established prior to a terrorist incident, serves to mitigate the risks, hazards and threat of injury or harm the people and property of the US face when a terrorism event occurs. Furthermore, a structured local emergency operations plan for a hazardous materials incident involving a terrorist is imperative to public health and safety, as the blueprint outlines protective measures the public can follow to minimize their exposure to dangerous substances. The people of a community affected by a terror event can be warned and notified of the event’s associated dangerous materials, which threaten their well-being, through a variety of methods such as warning sirens or horns, emergency alert systems, automated
What do you imagine when you think of Kansas? When I think of Kansas, I think of a very dry, flat state with lots of farming. Just because we are not the most popular state in the United States, it does not mean that we do not have cool history. Most people do not realize that Kansas has had some very successful people. One individual that inspired me is Fred Harvey.
This chapter provides an overview that describes the basic types of hazards threatening the United States and provides definitions for some basic terms such as hazards, emergencies, and disasters. The chapter also provides a brief history of emergency management in the federal government and a general description of the current emergency management system—including the basic functions performed by local emergency managers. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the all-hazards approach and its implications for local emergency management.
Kansas became known as “Bleeding Kansas” because of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Since Kansas became a slave state, in the next two years, political turmoil in the North increased. Northern and Southern white settlers moved into Kansas immediately to try to sway the decision and many acts of aggression and violent events occurred between pro and anti slavery groups of people about the issue of slavery
The disaster which hit the Maricopa County in the State of Arizona in September 2014 was a major disaster that necessitated the community preparedness for leading successful response and a prompt recovery. Besides emergency managers, many officials and the private are involved in the processes. Some of these stakeholders are public health, public safety, and municipal officials. Collaboration is needed for getting all those involved in the processes to interact accordingly. This paper addresses the major collaboration strengths between emergency responders, public health, public safety, and municipal officials to deliver accurate response and recovery during the event, the main weaknesses of the collaboration among all those that were involved in the efforts, and recommendations for improving the collaboration between the stakeholders.
Emergency management faces many challenges in today’s modern society. In the years prior to 9/11 emergency management was primarily focused on natural disasters. That has since changed; we now face a diverse variety of risks and hazards on a constant basis. As we continue to grow in population current and newer have compounded into more problems that emergency planner must face and find solutions for.
Data obtained by assessing social vulnerability must be implemented within each phase of the emergency management process; mitigation, response, and recovery. First, to effectively respond and recover from incidents emergency management agencies must concentrate on the mitigation phase to prevent incidents from happening in the first place. This is achieved through a thorough hazard/vulnerability analysis (HVA). This type of analysis assesses the risk of physical, economic, and social vulnerability within all communities of a given jurisdiction (Lindell et al., 2006, p. 165). Additionally, the basis of the HVA allows emergency managers to effectively plan for disaster by creating pre-planned responses to disasters (rather than improvised response) and staging resources to locations with the highest probability of risk; ultimately contributing to the mitigation and response phases.
Risk for disasters is a part of life; emergency situations occur more frequently than many people believe. A wise person plans for the worse, and hopes for the best. After a disaster, how well a community can recover will depend largely on how well they prepared in advance. Risk management includes identifying any potential risks to a community and proactively planning to minimize the threat. Proactive organization of resources and people to respond to emergencies can mean the difference between a community’s ability to regroup and recover, and the loss of life. To better
This subject aims to teach students the main elements of emergency management for natural disasters and to a lesser degree terrorist attack. Students will understand the principles involved in emergency