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Slots still open for free workshops on rain barrels
April 27, 2015

Have you considered installing a rain barrel on your property but aren’t sure where to start? Johnson County’s Stormwater Management Program has partnered with Olathe North High School on a day of free rain barrel workshops.

Homeowners can choose from one of four one-hour workshops between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Each session will include an educational presentation from Olathe North Geoscience students about stormwater management and the benefits of rain barrels. Then participants will learn how to construct a rain barrel, which can be purchased at this event.

More information about the workshops, the costs of the barrels and details on cost sharing programs available in your city is available at this link.

Olathe North received a grant from Johnson County’s Stormwater Management Program for these workshops. The Johnson County Stormwater Management Program provides grant funding to teachers, schools, and school districts in Johnson County and to non-profit organizations serving the citizens of Johnson County to allow opportunities for stormwater education.  More details on this program are available here.

Keep your family safe online
April 24, 2015

As part of National Crime Victims Rights Week, Det. John Stirling, with the Shawnee Police Department, has some tips to keep your family safe online.

Educate yourself

Websites such as commonsensemedia.org and netsmartz.org offer information on technology issues such as gaming, cell phones, cyberbullying, and inappropriate content.

Set boundaries

Talking to your children about your expectations of appropriate online behavior is important but there are ways to prevent accidental or intentional access to content you don't want them to see or use. Several programs such as Net Nanny or Mobicip allow you to control what your kids can accidentally or intentionally access on a device. There are also ways to limit access within a program.

  • YouTube: have an account that automatically logs in and set filter
  • Internet Explorer: enable the content advisor
  • Google search engine: set your preferences
  • iTunes: don't give your kids the password
  • Android: set a PIN code and don't give it to your kids

Cut back on the selfies

Stirling said that many crimes start with a photo. The background can reveal where you are currently or where you live. The content of the photo, such as a child in a school uniform, can inadvertently broadcast information that you wouldn't otherwise post online. Programs are available that can interpret a photo's metadata and can tell exactly where it was taken and even what direction the camera or phone was pointed.

One easy solution is to the disable GPS location on phone. (Directions for iPhone can be found here and directions for Android can found be here.)

Look for hidden file apps

Hidden file apps appear innocent but they hold deep secrets. Spy Calc, which disguises itself as DigiCalc, looks and acts like a calculator but if you punch in the right numbers you have access to photos and other files that have been hidden away. Photo Vault is another popular app. It doesn't disguise itself, but it does protect photos with several layers of security.

Another way to check for hidden file apps is to look at the memory usage for your device. If a basic app - like a calculator - is taking up a lot of memory that is a sign it is hiding things.

Check your history

Go into iTunes and see what has been downloaded. If you see a cloud with an arrow pointing downward the app is or has been installed on your device. If you still have the option to purchase the app, it has not been installed on your device.

Be prepared

You hope nothing ever happens to your children but you don't want to waste time if something does. The FBI Child ID app lets you store current photos and info such as height, weight, and hair color, on your phone rather than a cloud for easy access and extra security. Apps such as Alert ID send public safety alerts for your neighborhood.

Johnson County receives $160,000 grant for Ebola preparedness
April 23, 2015

Today the Board of County Commissions voted to accept federal funding to support our Department of Health & Environment’s preparedness planning and readiness for responding to Ebola. The $160,153 grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will come to Johnson County through the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, and is targeted for public health capabilities at the local level including community preparedness efforts, responder health and safety and public information and warnings.

Last year, Ebola virus disease outbreaks occurred in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Sept. 30, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first imported case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. in Dallas, Texas. At that time our Department of Health & Environment collaborated with jurisdictions on both sides of the state line to ensure preparedness. As of today, Johnson County’s Department of Health & Environment has conducted Ebola monitoring on 11 post-travel individuals.

“Any type of preparedness, disease investigation and response work helps Johnson County prepare for managing many different kinds of communicable disease outbreaks,” says Lougene Marsh, director of the Johnson County Department of Health & Environment. “Operational readiness for one outbreak provides benefits to all of us for future incidents.”

Reviewing incidents once they are complete and sharing that information with other jurisdictions is another way to stay prepared. Tomorrow, public health risk communicators from the region (including Johnson County representatives) will present on their collaborative efforts during last year’s Ebola response to the Regional Association of Public Information Officers. Johnson County Government will live tweet from this event, so be sure you are following @jocogov on Twitter to get the latest information.

Happy Earth Day!
April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day! Use this day to enjoy the natural environment, be thankful for our beautiful planet, and do something to improve it. Here's a list of some great Earth Day activities that you can participate in today, and every day:

  • Start a garden or plant native plants: get your soil tested by Johnson County K-State Extension Office
  • Get a bicycle to cut down on short trips in the car and enjoy the exercise
  • Start a backyard compost pile. Here's how>
  • Recycle your old and unwanted household chemicals, paint, and stains at the Johnson County Household Hazardous Waste site
  • Reduce your home energy usage: start by checking your appliances, and rent a Kill-A-Watt meter from Johnson County Library
  • Start a recycling program at your work, school, or place of worship. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment can help>
  • Eat local and support local food producers: check out one of the several Farmer’s Markets in Johnson County
  • Recycle More with RecycleSpot and Mid-American Regional Council
  • Follow Johnson County Recycles on Facebook and Twitter for info about being green in Johnson County all year.
  • Help keep Johnson County’s air clean: put gas in your car at night when possible and always stop at the click
  • Practice green lawn care: conserve water by watering at night and only when  you need to, make sure your automatic sprinklers aren’t running while it’s raining, mow high and let it lie & never put leaves or grass clippings in the storm drain.  
  • Start carpooling
  • Learn more about nature and other animal life at the Ernie Miller Nature Center
  • Take a walk at the Johnson County Arboritum
  • Turn off a light
  • Conserve water in your house: take shorter showers, turn off the faucet before you walk away
Walt Way receives Lifetime Achievement Award
April 20, 2015

Walt Way, Emergency Management and Communications Director, received a Lifetime Achievement Award Friday from the Kansas City Regional 9-1-1 System. Way received the award for his dedication and leadership in the field of public safety communications, and accepted it during the annual Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration this past Friday night.

During his career, Way has provided leadership in the fields of public safety and 9-1-1 operations for Johnson County, the Greater Kansas City region, and the state of Kansas. He started working for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in 1973 and was promoted to captain of the operations bureau in 1986. In the early 1990s, Way’s guidance enabled the state of Kansas to provide a stable funding source for 9-1-1 services. In 2004, he retired from the Sheriff’s Office and become the Director of Johnson County's Emergency Management and Communications department where he leads efforts to provide quality service to citizens.

Also on Friday night, Deputy Zachary Hodges from the Johnson County Sheriff’s received the Everyday Hero Award for his work ethic and professionalism.  Hodges serves as a training officer for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division.

The Mid-America Regional Council hosts the Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration each April during National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week. The event honors the dedicated emergency communications personnel responsible for answering nearly 2 million 9-1-1 calls each year in the Greater Kansas City region, which includes Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

Kenneth Kleffner named Johnson County Auditor
April 20, 2015

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners has appointed Kenneth Kleffner as Johnson County Auditor. The appointment went into effect March 29. Kleffner has served as the Interim County Auditor since July 1, 2013.

As County Auditor, Kleffner leads a team of auditors responsible for objectively evaluating the effectiveness of all Johnson County Government operations, services and programs. Kleffner’s audit efforts have led to recommendations for reducing costs and improving government operations in areas including fleet maintenance, mental health, information technology and the Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to joining Johnson County in 2008, Kleffner had an extensive financial management career with the Department of Defense holding a number of leadership positions in accounting, budgeting, finance, military payroll, and operational review. Throughout his career, Kleffner has been recognized for his service and contributions to improving government financial management including the Special Achievement Award from AGA’s Kansas City Chapter and the Department of Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Kleffner has a B.S.B.A. degree in Accounting and a MBA degree in Accounting from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a Certified Internal Auditor and an active member in professional audit and financial management organizations.

On February 5, the BOCC approved the 2015 Audit Plan, which includes an enterprise-wide risk assessment and review of how the County administers contracts, an external peer review of the Audit Services office, and an audit of Johnson County MED-ACT.