Monday, March 12, 2012

Meet Disaster and Preparedness.

These two characters are the stars of a new series of videos that provide critical information about key steps you and your family should take to be prepared for emergencies — having a plan, having a supply kit and staying informed.

The series includes seven videos that will be broadcast beginning on March 12. Each week we’ll bring you the next video in the series.

The videos were produced by the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee, a regional forum for emergency managers and response agencies from cities and counties around the Kansas City region. MEMC members made a conscious decision to use humor to share important information in a fun, non-threatening way. The idea is to get people to understand the risks, but not scare anyone in the process. The hope is that everyone, even children, can not only enjoy these videos, but also learn some key lessons from them.

Studies have shown that humor often helps people remember what they’ve learned, and may also make them more likely to take action. Most people know that we need to be prepared, but not many of them have actually taken steps to protect their families. Do you have a plan and a supply kit? If not, now is the time to get started, especially with the increased risk of severe weather in the spring.

Each video focuses on a particular aspect of emergency preparedness and refers viewers to the MEMC’s preparedness website,, for more details.

The videos were produced in cooperation with the Kansas City Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee and funded by an Urban Area Security Initiative Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.