FEMA Region VII administers FEMA programs and coordinates federal disaster response in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Our office is located in Kansas City, Missouri at the geographic center of the four-state region. Roughly 90 percent of the region's more than 13.5 million residents are within approximately four hours' driving time--allowing for a quick response by employees and the deployment of resources to disaster sites throughout the region. Regional staff work as a team with state, local, and tribal governments as well as non-profit groups, private sector, and other key stakeholders.
Who We Are
FEMA Regtion VII currently employs more than 130 individuals. Staff members are responsible for administering all FEMA-related programs at the regional level and provide immediate response to disasters in the region. During times of disaster, the region can draw from a cadre of 527 Disaster Reservists and 47 local hires who are experienced in areas ranging from the delivery of disaster assistance to public information and more.
What We Do
From our offices in Kansas City, we coordinate with state and local emergency management officials, as well as non-governmental and private sector partners, to protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. We have identified and assessed natural and man-made risks within the region.
Current Disasters in Region VII
Here's what's happening in Region VII
GREAT CENTRAL U.S. SHAKEOUT, 2013: This year's Shakeout was a tremendous success, thanks to more than half a million Missourians who participated in the earthquake drill. During an earthquake, always Drop to the ground, take Cover under a sturdy object, and Hold on to it.
Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 7, 2013 -- Jeffrey Smith, regional watch branch chief, FEMA Region VII, participates in Drop, Cover, and Hold On! during the Great Central U.S. Shakeout earthquake drill at the FEMA Region VII office. Nearly three million people and organizations participated simultaneously from nine central U.S. states. FEMA photo Amanda Bicknell.
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Pacific, MO (March 2008) -- Flood water surrounds a home near the Meramec River. FEMA photo J. Augustino
Region VII Contact Information
To reach FEMA Region VII, call 816-283-7061
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Region VII Divisions
FEMA Region VII is divided into six divisions.
OFFICE OF REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR
Beth Freeman, Administrator
Art Freeman, Deputy Regional Administrator
The disaster assistance division is responsible for providing federal assistance to individuals and households, as well as eligible public facilities in counties declared as major disaster areas.
Tom Costello, Director
The Response Division is responsible for constant situational awareness/analysis through the Regional Watch Center, as well as coordinating and implementing the federal response to major disasters, including readiness of the regional Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), planning, operations, and logistics.
Dan Best, Director
The Flood Insurance and Mitigation Division is responsible for reducing flood losses by providing outreach regarding affordable flood insurance and for encouraging safer communities through programs that reduce the loss of lives and property damage.
Richard Leonard, Acting Director
The National Preparedness Division is responsible for the coordination and development of the capabilities and tools necessary to prepare for all hazards among all levels of government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and communities.
Phil Kirk, Director
The Mission Support Division is responsible for ensuring continuity in the leadership of the agency’s critical business operations: unity of functions and purpose with key partners, and excellence in service to its customers.
Tim Siedel, Director