Emergency Management

About Oak Grove - Sni Valley Emergency Management

The City of Oak Grove and Sni Valley Fire Protection District cooperate to perform emergency preparedness activities in the Oak Grove area. Oak Grove - Sni Valley Emergency Management provides the following functions:

  • Emergency Planning
  • Emergency Warning
  • Public Education
  • Operation of an joint Emergency Operations Center in time of Emergency.
  • Sheltering of evacuees in time of emergency, in cooperation with the American Red Cross and local organizations.
  • Coordination with federal, state, and regional emergency response organizations.
  • Maintenance of emergency supplies and equipment.
  • Mapping and address system maintenance.

Speakers Available

We have speakers available for your group or organization on various topics ranging from weather safety, family preparedness, fire safety, and other related topics.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help us carry out our mission. If you are interested in helping with our mission to serve the community contact Mark Sherwood at 816-690-3773 extension 1105. Volunteers must be able to pass a criminal records check. We need volunteers for the following missions:

  • Emergency Operations Center Worker
  • Radio Communicator
  • Amateur Radio Communicator
  • Shelter Worker
  • Shelter Manager
  • Warning System Duty Officer
  • General Disaster Worker
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Damage Assessment Personnel
  • Human Services
  • Food Preparation and Distribution
  • Spontaneous Volunteer Management
  • Case Work and Counseling
  • Transportation

The City of Oak Grove and Sni Valley Fire Protection District urge you to be prepared for the many types of disasters that may affect the local area. We recommend an “All-Hazard” planning approach in which your preparations can be useful in any type of disaster. Your plan should include the following areas:

The Family Preparedness Plan

A booklet “Your Guide to Emergency Preparedness in the Greater Kansas City Region” and other information on emergency planning is available at:

Oak Grove City Hall, 1300 South Broadway

Sni Valley Fire Protection District, Station 1, 1600 South Broadway

Oak Grove Public Safety Center, 1903 South Broadway

Davis Memorial Center, 1901 South Broadway

or online.

Create a Supply Kit: Keep enough basics on hand for your family- water, food, first aid supplies, etc. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container, such as a large, covered trash container, a backpack or a duffle bag. Learn more

Have a Plan: Meet with your family and talk about why you need a disaster plan. Decide on a meeting place and identify emergency contacts. Learn more

Stay Informed: Know what the risks are in your area and how to prepare for each. Learn more

Stay Informed

Outdoor Warning System

Oak Grove uses an electronic siren outdoor warning system with voice public address capability.

This system provides additional information as compared to traditional outdoor siren systems. Please remember that sirens are designed to inform persons who are outdoors or in vehicles. Sirens are not designed and cannot be relied on to be heard inside buildings. Please see “NOAA All Hazards Radio” and “Mobile Devices,” below,

General Emergency: Indicated by a three to five minute two tone (hi-lo) siren tone, followed by a voice message describing the type of emergency and action needed.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Indicated by a voice message “A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until (time).” A Severe Thunderstorm watch means that conditions are favorable for thunderstorms to develop that have 58 mile per hour or greater winds, 1 inch or larger hail, flooding rains, and dangerous lightning. Severe Thunderstorms may also produce tornadoes with little or no warning. Outdoor activities may have to be cancelled or postponed. Pets should be brought indoors. Loose items such as lawn furniture or trash containers should be secured. Family members should go inside a sturdy structure if threatening conditions approach.

Tornado Watch: Indicated by a voice message “A Tornado Watch is in effect until (time).” A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for thunderstorms to develop that have 58 mile per hour or greater winds, 1 inch or larger hail, flooding rains, dangerous lightning,.and tornadoes. A particular term to watch for in Tornado Watch messages is “Particularly Dangerous Situation.” This means that there is an especially high chance of large, long-lived tornados

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Indicated by a voice message: “A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until (time).” A Severe Thunderstorm Warning means that a thunderstorm is approaching your location with the winds over 58 miles per hour, hail 1 inch diameter or over, dangerous lighting and/or flooding rains. Remember that severe thunderstorms may produce tornadoes with little or no warning. This message may be accompanied by an interrupted wailing siren (Pulsed Wail) if winds are expected to exceed 70 miles per hour.

Tornado Warning. Indicated by a three to five minute interrupted wailing siren (Pulsed Wail) accompanied by a voice message: “A Tornado Warning is in effect until (time). TAKE COVER.” This message indicates that a thunderstorm with a known or suspected tornado and possibly other severe weather conditions is approaching your location. You should immediately take shelter on the lowest floor of a substantial structure, in a small room, and away from windows. If the term “Tornado Emergency” is used in a Tornado Warning message, it means that a large number of tornadoes or large, strong, long-lived tornados are occurring. For more information, view the NOAA website.

Tornado Emergency: A Tornado Emergency is issued when multiple tornadoes are occurring in a relatively small area, and/or the tornadoes are particularly strong and long lived. This message is very rare and indicates the highest level of danger from tornadoes.

NO “All Clear is sounded for severe weather events. Additional sirens sounding indicate that the hazard is continuing, or that additional warning messages have been issued.

TESTS: Outdoor warning systems in the Kansas City metro area are generally tested at 11 a.m., on the first Wednesday of each month. These tests may be cancelled or postponed if there is a severe weather threat or in very cold weather. In Oak Grove, the test consists of a voice message announcing the test, one minute of the Pulsed Wail siren, then a second voice message announcing the test. At certain unannounced times, the Emergency Management Department may conduct tests of individual sirens for routine maintenance. These unannounced tests are accompanied by a voice message announcing the test.

NOAA All Hazards Radio

NOAA All Hazards Radio or NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts, current conditions, and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The radio remains silent, like a pager, until a signal from the National Weather Service turns on the audio to alert you of a message for your county. For Jackson County, the channel to program is 7 (162.55 MHz) located in Independence. For Lafayette County, program channel 2 (162.450 MHz). The radio can also be activated at any time by the press of a button, to give you an up to the minute forecast and weather information. These radios are available at Kansas City area Price Chopper stores for $29.95 as part of a special promotion with Midland Radio Corporation and the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee.

Mobile Devices

If you have a mobile telephone, or receive email you can take advantage of a number of free weather alerting services such as:

The Weather Channel

Weather USA

Weather Underground


Kansas City Star

City of Oak Grove Text Messages - Nixle.com

The City of Oak Grove uses a text and email alerting service called NIXLE. To sign up for this service, visit the website and sign up for the free alerts. Enter your zip code in the box under “What’s Happening Where You Live?” to start. Note: The sites listed above and Nixle do not charge the user for text or email advisories, however, depending on your mobile device service plan, your service provider may charge you for receiving emails or texts.

The City of Oak Grove repeats severe weather watches and warnings and notifications that the Emergency Snow Ordinance is in effect, on Nixle.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

Beginning in June 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service turned on a new system that will send text alerts to cellular telephones. All new cellular telephones and “smart” phones will be capable of receiving these alerts. There is no cost to the telephone subscriber. Alerts include three types: Presidential Messages, AMBER Alerts, and Imminent Threat Messages.

Presidential Messages are messages of national significance. AMBER Alerts are messages about abducted children. Imminent Threats are warning messages about all other disasters including severe weather, hazardous material spill, evacuation, and other life-threatening emergencies where immediate action is required. In the case of weather related emergencies, only warning messages will be transmitted. Weather watch messages will not be transmitted on this system. Since the length of the message is limited to 90 characters, details should be sought from NOAA All-Hazard Radio, local radio or television stations, or the Internet. Telephone subscribers will be able to opt out of Imminent Threat or AMBER alert messages. Messages are geographically defined by county, however, there is expected to be slight overlap into neighboring counties.

Local Government Access Channel, Comcast Channel 7

 Channel 7 on the Comcast, the local cable television provider is the local government access channel. It includes much non-emergency information, including announcements of Snow Emergency and information on disaster recovery.

Emergency Snow Routes

Certain streets in Oak Grove are designated as Emergency Snow Routes. These streets get priority during plowing. Emergency Snow Routes are identified by signs. 

The Snow Emergency is triggered when one inch of snow is on the streets or the streets are covered with ice. When this occurs, no parking is allowed on Emergency Snow Routes. Vehicles still parked on Emergency Snow Routes starting one hour after a Snow Emergency is declared may be towed. Also, vehicles that become stuck on Emergency Snow Routes without mud and snow rated tires may be ticketed and towed.

Snow Route Sign