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To Grandmother's house we go: travel safely this Thanksgiving
November 26, 2014

If you are joining the millions of Americans driving over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving week, here are some road safety tips from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, the Kansas Department of Transportation, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the United State Department of Transportation.

Inspect your vehicle. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly, your tires are properly inflated, and your maintenance is up-to-date.

Pack it up. While the weather is supposed to be beautiful in the KC metro area this Thanksgiving, it's important to prepare if you are driving a long distance. Pack items that can prove useful during an emergency: a flashlight, flares, ice scraper, charged mobile phone, and jumper cables. In the unlikely event that your vehicle is stranded or traffic is at a standstill for some length of time, you should have on hand a blanket, some food and water, and any necessary medications.

Plan your route. KDOT has three free tools that can help you plan your route.

  1. KanDrive KDOT’s traveler information gateway for Kansas and surrounding states, provides essential information you need to plan your trip. Features include camera images, motion camera views, an interactive 511 map of Kansas roads, road conditions and work zones and links to helpful transportation resources, such as Kansas Turnpike information, Kansas Byways, weather information and metro traffic information.
  2. 511 Mobile site The mobile site provides a map, camera and electronic message sign views, road conditions, work zone and event information and links to weather. The site is accessible on multiple platforms, including iPhones, Androids and Windows mobile devices.
  3. 511 Phone  From any phone anytime, travelers may call 5-1-1 from anywhere in Kansas or 1-866-511-KDOT (5368) from anywhere in the U.S. to get route-specific road conditions, work zone information, including detours and closed roads, and travel-related weather information to plan their trips or for updates as they travel.

Take your time. Reduce your speed, allow extra travel time, and increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.

Buckle up. No matter where you're sitting, use your seat belt. Children should be buckled correctly in size-appropriate child safety seats. Children under age 13 should ride in the back seat.

Focus. Drive sober and pay attention. Drunk and distracted driving are 100 percent preventable behaviors that all too often end in tragedy. If you're behind the wheel, please stay focused; avoid distractions such as or texting talking on the phone.

Watch for deer. This is the time of year for deer to be on the move. If you do hit a deer, follow these steps:

  1. Call 9-1-1 even if you don't think you are hurt.
  2. If your car is drivable, remove it from the lane of traffic. If your car is not drivable, turn your emergency flashers on.
  3. Don't get out of your car. Stay in your vehicle till officers arrive.
JoCo Government employees conclude 2014 United Way campaign
November 20, 2014

Each year Johnson County Government employees participate in the Metro area’s United Way campaign. With 37,500 people in Johnson County living in poverty, the County makes it a priority to help those who are struggling meet life’s basic needs.

This year more than 500 Johnson County Government employees made a gift to the campaign. Our organization pledged more per employee than any other government entity in the Kansas City metropolitan area. In total we raised more than $117,000. Each donation helps make significant improvements in our area.

Each year Johnson County Government employees participate in the Metro area’s United Way campaign. With 37,500 people in Johnson County living in poverty, the County makes it a priority to help those who are struggling meet life’s basic needs.

This year more than 500 Johnson County Government employees made a gift to the campaign. Our organization pledged more per employee than any other government entity in the Kansas City metropolitan area. In total we raised more than $117,000. Each donation helps make significant improvements in our area.

Real estate and personal property tax statements are in the mail
November 20, 2014

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department has begun mailing 198,623 real estate and 23,582 personal property tax statements to Johnson County taxpayers. The first half real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Monday, December 22, 2014, and the second half taxes are due on or before Monday, May 11, 2015. Taxpayers have several convenient options to pay their taxes, including paying online or by mail. To see all of our payment options, please visit our Frequent Questions section of our website, within the Real Estate and Personal Property Tax menu.

What is Modernism? New exhibit opens at the Museum Nov. 21
November 19, 2014

An upcoming free exhibit at the Johnson County Museum details how the County’s architecture underwent a radical, modern transformation after World War II. What Is Modernism? opens on November 21 and explores how modern ideas about architecture and lifestyle took hold from 1945 until 1970 and were expressed throughout Johnson County.

What Is Modernism? is organized into three sections. The exhibit examines the roots of Modernism in 1920s Europe and how the movement’s ideas spread worldwide; how designers and developers took advantage of post-World War II innovation and technology to move modern ideas forward; finally, the exhibit details the post-war modern building boom in Johnson County and why Modernism was embraced locally.

“Post-war Johnson County was a blank canvas,” says Matt Gilligan, Johnson County Museum’s curator of interpretation. “A lot of new construction went up after World War II when people were very excited about innovation and new consumer goods.”

The Museum’s 1950s All-Electric House will be refurnished to reflect more modern lifestyle choices popular in the later 1950s and early 1960s as part of the new exhibit. What Is Modernism? will be on exhibit at the Johnson County Museum through November 21, 2015.

The Johnson County Museum is located at 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS, and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum’s All-Electric House tours are available every half hour, Monday – Saturday, 1-4 p.m., and cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children 5-12; under 5 and Museum members receive free admission. Please visit www.jocogov.org/museum for more details about the exhibit and corresponding educational programs.

Suicide prevention tips and information
November 14, 2014

Suicide is sometimes referred to as the silent epidemic. Family and friends are often left in shock and disbelief as they try to come to terms with their loss. Unfortunately suicide is more common than most people realize. Suicide takes the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans each year, and is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.

However, it is the third leading cause of death for those ages 10-24. More than half of all suicides occur in adult men, ages 25-65. There are four completed male suicides for every female completed suicide.  However, there are three female suicide attempts for each male attempt. The highest suicide rate is among men over age 85, and more than half of all suicides are completed with a firearm. The strongest risk factor for suicide is depression.

Approximately 80 percent of people who complete suicide give warning signs of their intention, which could include:

  • Talking about wanting to die or being better off dead
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Feeling trapped
  • Writing about, drawing about or being preoccupied with death, dying or suicide
  • Putting affairs in order or giving away prized possessions
  • Withdrawing from family and friends, or saying goodbyes
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

Warning signs may come through avenues such as text messages, social media or twitter and not just by what a person says. 

The best way to help someone you are concerned about is to let him or her know that you are willing to help, and that they can talk with you about suicide. Asking someone if they are thinking about suicide or whether they plan to commit suicide will not “put the idea in their head” or cause them to think about it. In fact, research shows that asking someone may be the first step toward treatment.   

There are several things you can do to be prepared to help someone who is at risk of suicide.

  • Know and use the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Contact the Johnson County Mental Health Center 24-Hour Crisis Line at 913-268-0156, if you are concerned about someone who is at risk of suicide.
  • Take a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) class. This eight-hour program teaches a five-step action plan for how to respond to, and help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis, including thoughts of suicide. Learn more at www.mhfakc.org.
  • Participate in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). This two day workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. For more information visit http://www.livingworks.net.
  • For information about a local MHFA or ASIST training, contact Johnson County Mental Health Center at 913-715-7880 or click here.
  • Join the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition.  For more information contact 913-715-7880.
  • For additional resources on suicide prevention please visit www.jocogov.org/suicideprevention
November snow expected this weekend
November 14, 2014

The National Weather Service has predicted the Kansas City metro area will receive a few inches of snow on Saturday with freezing temperatures sticking around until the middle of next week. Johnson County's Public Works Department is gearing up for any snow and has already done a practice run on all of its 12 routes in the incorporated areas of the County.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, in cooperation with the Johnson County Library, encourages citizens who need a place to warm up during below freezing temperatures to visit one of the Johnson County library branches. All of these facilities will be available during normal business hours.

More of our cold weather tips are available here. Stay warm and safe this weekend!