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City’s Office of Emergency Management receives 2012 KCP&L Emergency Preparedness Award

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Office of Emergency Management received the 2012 Kansas City Power & Light Emergency Preparedness Award for its leadership in emergency planning and its activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to support the 2012 All-Star Game events this past summer.

“The successful public safety demonstrated throughout the All-Star activities proved to the country that the Kansas City area can handle national level events,” said Les Boatright, emergency response manager for KCP&L.

Boatright presented the award to the City’s Emergency Manager Gene Shepherd at a recent Metropolitan Emergency Manager’s Committee meeting.

“I am humbled and honored to accept this award on behalf of the City of Kansas City, Mo.,” Shepherd said. “The EOC staff did a fantastic job, but we couldn’t have done it without the hard work of several City departments and our regional partners. This operation was truly one of teamwork and cooperation. We all share in this success.”

KCP&L is renowned for providing safe and reliable electrical service. Their Emergency Preparedness Award is an annual acknowledgement of agencies that provide the same high standard of service in the Emergency Management sector.

KCP&L services more than 800,000 customers in 47 northwestern Missouri and eastern Kansas counties covering approximately 18,000 square miles. It is through public/private partnerships like that of the City’s Office of Emergency Management and KCP&L that allow residents to be served in the most efficient and effective ways possible.

For more information, please contact Gene Shepherd, Office of Emergency Management, at 816-513-8600.


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