The Kansas City Skywarn Organization
The Kansas City Skywarn organization is made up of over 20 volunteer organizations consisting of amateur radio operators, emergency management volunteers and civil air patrol members in 15 counties in eastern Kansas and Western Missouri. The coordination of this Skywarn program is done through the Metropolitan Emergency Coordinating Council (MECC), created by all of the groups to provide a better service to the community and to allow for coordination between groups. Metropolitan Emergency Coordinating Council For Amateur Radio (MECC)
The MECC is made up of Amateur Radio Emergency Organizations such as ARES, RACES, and local and county Emergency Management Agencies. These groups provide emergency communications to local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private organizations like the American Red Cross and Salvation Army in Kansas City and surrounding areas.
The purpose of the MECC is to remove city, county, and state boundaries that oft n make communications more difficult (disasters don't acknowledge such boundaries). The MECC allows for organizations such as the National Weather Service and Skywarn to work with one organized body rather than several smaller groups, each with their own plan. The MECC provides a managing committee, technical expertise, and the manpower needed for Skywarn. Additionally, each local radio organization is represented on the committee. Through Skywarn, continuous communication is possible with the Pleasant Hill NWS office via a Packet Radio Network, and a team of well-trained operators are on call 365 days a year.
Send E-mail to SKYWARN Coordinator at Pleasant Hill