Homeland Security in Olathe - FAQs

What is the City doing to prepare for elevated threat levels?

Are there facilities in Olathe that could be targeted?

What does the City do when threat levels increase?

What can I do to prepare?

What are the five steps to Sheltering in Place for chemical emergencies?

What are the three steps to tornado safety?

Do I need duct tape and plastic?

Is the City prepared to respond to a man made or natural disaster?

How can I get involved to help my neighborhood?

What else can I do?

How will I be notified about hazards/disasters?

What is a Community Emergency Response Team?

Where can I find more information and resources about emergency preparedness?


What is the City doing to prepare for elevated threat levels? back to top
We are constantly engaged in activities to be prepared for all types of scenarios and we are one of few metropolitan cities with a dedicated emergency management coordinator. Other measures:

  • We are also in constant contact with local, state and federal agencies to make sure we have all the latest and most accurate intelligence to identify and respond to threats including the Federal Bureau of InvestigationsI, Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and Department of Homeland Security.
  • Emergency response personnel are on a heightened alert and on call to bring additional resources when and where necessary.
  • We have developed a Homeland Security Advisory Committee including key emergency personnel including police, fire and emergency preparedness that meet regularly to anticipate scenarios and plan responses.
  • We take additional steps at critical facilities as warranted.

Are there facilities in Olathe that could be targeted? back to top
Every community has "critical facilities" that could be targeted. The city has identified those facilities, and will take added precautions to ensure they remain safe should a credible threat emerge.

What does the City do when the threat level increases? back to top
We are always active and prepared for threats. During heightened threat levels, the city makes sure we remain in constant contact with other agencies, including the federal government, to identify and respond to threats. Emergency service personnel will meet to share information and evaluate situations. Should a threat clearly emerge, we will engage and utilize additional resources necessary for the situation which includes additional communications personnel to help keep the public informed.

What can I do to prepare? back to top
People should always be prepared for disasters. In this part of the country, there is always the threat of natural or technical hazards ranging from tornadoes and floods to chemical spills from the railroad or a highway. Preparing for those types of disasters prepares you for any type of disaster. The city continues providing information on its website, OGTN, and upon request that provides key steps everyone should take to prepare for disaster. "All hazard" preparedness is the single most important step anyone can take to get through a disaster, either natural or manmade. For more information on what you can do to prepare, view the resources listed above or call Olathe's emergency management coordiantor at (913) 971-7943.

What are the five steps to Sheltering in Place for chemical emergencies? back to top

  • Bring people and pets indoors
  • Lock and secure all windows and doors
  • Turn off heating and ventilating systems to prevent air exchange
  • Go into and protect a room in the main or upper levels of the house
  • Listen to radio or television for emergency updates

What are the three steps to tornado safety? back to top

  • Go to the lowest level possible
  • Put as many walls between you and the outside
  • Avoid windows and glass

Do I need duct tape and plastic? back to top
Having the basic essentials available to shelter-in-place, evacuate or coordinate with family members, is always important. If you need to shelter-in-place for a short-term event, it is necessary to have materials to keep chemicals out of a designated room in a home or place of work. It is not necessary to cover your entire home. For more information about what one should need and how you should use it, please view the Safe Neighborhoods Emergency Preparedness Workbook .

Is the City prepared to respond to a man made or natural disaster? back to top
Olathe constantly prepares for all types of threats. But, as important, residents should prepare as well.

How can I get involved to help my neighborhood? back to top
The City works closely with neighborhood watch programs and encourages people to get involved. In addition, we have a Community Emergency Response Team program designed for businesses, community groups or neighborhoods. CERT provides basic training for groups to assist emergency personnel in responding to emergencies. More information about CERT or neighborhood watch programs.

What else can I do? back to top
Stay informed and be prepared to respond to any type of disaster. In today's environment, it helps to be aware of your surroundings. Report suspicious activity. If it is an emergency call 911 or call 971-7455 for non-emergencies.

How will I be notified about hazards/disasters? back to top
Tuning in to the local media is always helpful. But, an all hazards weather radio can be the single best way to receive key information.

What is a Community Emergency Response Team? back to top
A CERT group is an organized team of people trained for disaster planning, preparedness and survival. Following a major disaster like a tornado strike, professional first responders who provide fire and medical services may not be able to meet the initial demand for these services. The potential for large numbers of victims, disabled telecommunication equipment and road blockages may delay emergency service workers from reaching disaster victims. Citizens will have to rely on each other for help to meet their immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs. A CERT network, coordinated by the Olathe Fire Department, can train people to meet Olathe's needs in the event of a disaster. Learn more about CERT.

Where can I find more information and resources about emergency preparedness? back to top