Welcome to the Covering COVID-19 Community Briefing
This weekly digest of information will help keep you up to date as we work together to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing will provide:
- state and county health updates and measures the City is taking to keep residents as safe as possible
- reliable and factual information sources to use when seeking facts about this public health crisis
- reminders about things happening in our community and ideas to keep you entertained
Jackson County Health Department Blog
Spending time outdoors is not only a great way to get exercise and fresh air, but it also helps to relieve stress, reduce inflammation, improve memory, boost energy and so much more. Missouri has 92 state parks and historic sites with more than 200,000 acres to explore. If your favorite park or trail is crowded, minimize your risk of COVID-19 and discover someplace new. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), conservation areas, trails and boat ramps are operating as normal. Here are some tips from MDC on how to stay safe while getting outside:
- Travel in a small group of 10 people or fewer.
- If a conservation area looks crowded or an area parking lot is full, find another less-crowded location.
- Keep a proper physical distance of at least six feet while visiting areas and especially on trails.
- Avoid popular spots where people congregate, such as scenic overlooks, fishing docks, etc.
- Pack water, soap, and/or hand sanitizer.
The CDC Reminds Us To Take Care of Our Well-Being
How you respond to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic can depend on your background, your social support from family or friends, your financial situation, your health and emotional background, the community you live in, and many other factors.
Here are some ways we can take care of our well-being:
- Connect with our friends, families and people we trust
- Find time to unwind with activities we enjoy
- Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate
- Eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep
- Take breaks from news stories (repeated news about the pandemic can be upsetting)
Mid-Continent Public Library Tools
September is Library Card Sign-up Month
Apply for a library card today. Encourage imagination and the opportunities become endless!
Explore history, science and more with your child from home using videos and eBooks! Get started.
The Mid-Continent Library also has a list of books and resources on their website to help parents get "back to school."
Stay Up to Date on Local Emergencies
September is National Preparedness Month
Know the risks and limit the impact of disasters on you and your family. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards, and how to act fast if you receive a local warning or alerts.
Sign up for the Jackson County emergency alert system to receive up-to-date information about local emergencies.
Ignite! Fuel Our Future Comprehensive Plan
Help Shape the Future!
How passionate are you about the future of Lee's Summit? We urge all citizens to take part (virtually!) in the community's comprehensive plan.
The City is offering multiple and EASY ways for you to provide input and share your views for Lee's Summit's future.
Conversation Kits. We've got the cure for panboredom! Gather the people in your bubble or organize a Zoom get together to help shape our community. Lee’s Summit is counting on you and your friends to fuel our future! And, we have a fun and interactive way for you to engage in the Ignite Comprehensive Plan process. Download a Conversation Kit and get started!
Join the Online Discussion. We bet you have a lot of ideas about what the City should do to prepare for the future. Scooters? More bike paths? Technology? What's needed for a good quality of life? Leave your comments in the online forum discussion.
Green Street Beat Podcasts. For each element of the plan, the City is releasing a podcast that goes more in-depth on the topic. It's a great way to learn more about the different elements and why they are important for the future of Lee's Summit. Take a listen.
Surveys. Take a brief survey to share your views on each of the essential elements of the comprehensive plan.
Kiosks. Kiosks are provided at the following locations enabling residents to respond to surveys or to leave feedback in the online discussion forum.
- City Hall Lobby, 220 SE Green St.
- Longview Community Center, 3801 SW Longview Rd.
- Lovell Community Center at Legacy Park, 901 NE Bluestem Dr.
The Lee's Summit Police Department
Every three years the Police Department conducts a citizen survey to help discover ways to improve services and connect with the community. Give us your feedback by completing this five-minute survey.
The Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of police officer. Apply today!
The Farmers Market
The weather is getting cooler, but we still have to eat! Fortunately, the Farmers Market vendors will have lots of fall goodies available. Visit downtownls.org/market to see which vendors will be participating in the market and the seasonal produce they will bring.