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Know Where to Take Shelter

Know Where to Take Shelter

Knowing where to go in case of a tornado could save your life!

  • Stay Weather-Ready: Continue to listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated  about tornado watches and warnings.
  • At Your House: If you are in a tornado warning, go to your basement, safe room, or an interior room away from windows. Don't forget pets if time allows.
  • At Your Workplace or School: Follow your tornado drill and proceed to your tornado shelter location quickly and calmly. Stay away from windows and do not go to large open rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, or auditoriums.
  • Outside: Seek shelter inside a sturdy building immediately if a tornado is approaching. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe.
  • In a vehicle: Being in a vehicle during a tornado is not safe. The best course of action is to drive to the closest shelter. If you are unable to make it to a safe shelter, either get down in your car and cover your head, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low lying area such as a ditch or ravine.
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Chief Poeschl Retires, Gives Final Transmission

Chief Poeschl Retires, Gives Final Transmission

Chief Rick Poeschl concluded a 30 year career with the Lee's Summit Fire Department with a final radio transmission on March 8, 2019. Chief Poeschl started as a firefighter and worked his way up to the rank Chief. He exemplified the LSFD values of PRIDE, and instilled those values within the Department. During his leadership the Department achieved national accreditation and a reduced ISO rating, in addition to many other accomplishments. Chief Poeschl...
Statewide Tornado Drill Scheduled for March 5

Statewide Tornado Drill Scheduled for March 5

Statewide Tornado Drill Scheduled for March 5

Severe Weather Awareness Week March 3-9

Someday the winter weather will stop and if Missouri weather holds true, within twenty four hours we will be in the midst of spring severe weather. If you’re going to live in Missouri you need to be prepared for anything! Severe Weather Awareness Week is set for March 3-9, 2019.  This campaign is intended to increase public awareness about severe weather and tornadoes. Of particular concern are the number of deaths due to flooding-particularly flash...
Specialist Rod Gravitt Retires

Specialist Rod Gravitt Retires

Specialist Rod Gravitt Retires
After 36 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Lee's Summit, Specialist Rod Gravitt gave his final radio transmission from a fire truck on February 28. Please join the Lee's Summit Fire Department in congratulating Rod on his much deserved retirement. Thank you for your service! https://youtu.be/hOvL-gB6TIA
Overnight Fire Damages Lee’s Summit Home

Overnight Fire Damages Lee’s Summit Home

February 14, 2019   0430 CST

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO—On Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 2:02 a.m., the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 2023 SW 4th Street. The occupant of the house called 911 and reported the back of the house was on fire and the house was being evacuated. When the fire department arrived on scene smoke and fire was visible from the back of the two-story, single family residence. The occupants were safe outside. Fire crews...
Rick Poeschl to Retire as Lee’s Summit Fire Chief

Rick Poeschl to Retire as Lee’s Summit Fire Chief

Rick Poeschl to Retire as Lee’s Summit Fire Chief
The City of Lee’s Summit announced Rick Poeschl will retire as fire chief effective March 16, 2019 following more than 30 years as a dedicated public servant committed to the safety and health of our community. Chief Poeschl joined the Lee’s Summit Fire Department in 1988. He quickly moved up within the department and was promoted to assistant chief of support services in 2004. In 2015, Poeschl was selected as fire chief. Under his leadership, the...
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