Emergency Management

Emergency Management is charged with:

  • Educating Belton residents on what actions they should take in the event of a community-wide emergency
  • Ensuring that available aid flows from volunteer, state, and federal sources during recovery through prior preparation and direct action
  • Identifying hazards
  • Maintaining a plan of action for the city in the case of a community-wide emergency that would exceed the normal capabilities of the city’s emergency services, public works, and residents
  • Providing warnings for dangerous weather, such as tornadoes or floods, in conjunction with the National Weather Service and in cooperation with other emergency management and safety agencies in the area
  • Serving as a direct aid to the mayor and city manager during a community-wide emergency



In March 2012, the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC) introduced a series of seven citizen preparedness videos.

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.  They want people to understand the risks, but don't want to scare anyone.  They hope 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.  We all know that we need to be prepared, but have you taken steps to protect your family?  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, www.PrepareMetroKC.org, 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.


Department Head

Scott Lyons, Police Chief

John Baker, Deputy Director