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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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8 ways to prepare your family during Severe Weather Awareness Week
March 2, 2015

Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 2-6, is a good time to prepare your family for the possibility of severe weather throughout the year, such as flooding, flash flooding, strong winds, blizzards, and tornadoes. 

Here are some things you can do this week:

Monday, March 2

•  Enroll or update your info in NotifyJoCo: NotifyJoCo, Johnson County’s free emergency mass notification system, is designed to get you the information you need when you need it during emergencies and other non-emergency events. You can customize your preferences to receive time-sensitive messages directly from the County and participating cities and public utilities at home or work, by phone, cell, text and email. Sign up or update your information at www.notifyjoco.org.

Tuesday, March 3

•  Test NotifyJoCo: The third annual public test of NotifyJoCo will be initiated at 10 a.m. You will receive notification by phone, cell, text and/or email if you are in the system -- either by opting in or through publicly available information.

•  Hold a tornado drill: The annual statewide tornado drill for Kansas and Missouri will begin at 1:30 p.m. Use this time to practice sheltering plans for severe weather either at home or at work. The outdoor warning sirens in Johnson County and NOAA all-hazard weather radios will be activated and television and radio stations will also test their notification systems. If weather prevents the drill from taking place, it will be rescheduled for the same time on Thursday, March 5.

Wednesday, March 4

•  Program your weather radio: Johnson County Emergency Management staff will be available to help program your weather radio Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the County Administration building, 111 S Cherry St., Suite 100, Olathe. Remember to bring batteries to hold the programming until the radio can be plugged in.

•  Listen for the siren test: Johnson County Division of Emergency Management will conduct the monthly test of the outdoor warning siren system at 11 a.m. Johnson County’s system consists of 190 sirens placed strategically throughout the county as an early warning device to alert people outdoors to seek shelter and additional information.

 Thursday, March 5

•  Explore JoCo72: JoCo72 is a new online hub for emergency preparedness. Filled with information about what to do in an emergency, simple steps to get connected, and guides to help you get prepared, the website, http://www.joco72.org, also features a section that will provide real-time information during emergencies, including a map for navigating city resources and updates from the County and emergency partners. In a serious emergency, community services will be impacted, so a basic rule of thumb is for people to be able to take care of each other for 72 hours before help arrives.

 Friday, March 6

•  Stop by the Emergency Operations Center: Emergency Management staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide tours, and help with programming weather radios during the Emergency Operations Center open house, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday March 6. The Emergency Operations Center is located in the County Administration building, 111 S Cherry St., Suite 100, Olathe.

Saturday, March 7

•  Build or check your emergency kit: Celebrate the time change by starting a kit or checking expiration dates on the items you already have. For a list of what to include visit www.jocogov.org/em.

 

2015 State and Federal Legislative Agendas now online
February 27, 2015

Every year, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) develops a platform of state and federal legislative issues that we follow and, when necessary, weigh in on. These pieces of legislation are chosen for the potential impact they will have on Johnson County and its residents. Earlier this month, the BOCC voted to adopt the 2015 Federal Legislative Platform. Some of the key issues we’ll be watching in Washington D.C. and support include:

  • Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant: Encourages continued support of efforts for the full remediation and environmental clean-up of the plant and return to local development and use.
  • Homeland Security programs: Support restored funding for state and local homeland security grant programs.
  • Wastewater Management Program and Legislation: Support full funding of state revolving loan programs for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.
  • Wet Weather Community Sustainability Act: Supports the introduction and passage of the Act.

Click here to read Johnson County’s 2015 Federal Legislative Platform.

Click here to read Johnson County’s 2015 State Legislative Platform.

Ramping up for renovation at Central Resource Library
February 26, 2015

Big news! We’re renovating Central Resource Library. To spare everyone from our dust and din, we’re temporarily limiting service at this location.

Limited services with a small browsing collection begin March 1. 

Meanwhile, you can still make a quick stop by this location to

  • Return your materials
  • Pick up your holds
  • Talk to staff about your account

Not to worry, our eLibrary is always open. For computers, friendly librarians and full stacks of books, visit another location.

Our renovated building reopens in 2016. You’ll notice these perks:

  • More study rooms
  • Larger MakerSpace 
  • New Friends of the Library bookstore
  • Better access to power for your cords
  • Upgraded air conditioning and lighting

We're sorry for any inconvenience, and we're excited for what’s to come!

Advance voting is underway for Spring Primary Elections
February 24, 2015

Advance voting by mail for the March 3, 2015 Primary Election began Feb. 11. Advance voting in person begins today, Feb. 24, 2015.

More information about advance voting and the March 3rd Primary Election:

Mobile Election Notification

"Where do I vote on Election Day?" In Johnson County, Kansas, your cell phone has the answer. Text VOTEKS, your address and ZIP to 74574. Within 60 seconds a return message displays your polling place name and address. See how it works.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Johnson County Election Office at election@jocoelection.org, call 913-782-3441, or visit www.jocoelection.org.

Emerging Artists to exhibit at Arti Gras
February 18, 2015

Mardi Gras has come and gone but Arti Gras takes place later this week and includes an art exhibition by our JCDS Emerging Artists! This art show is presented by the Leawood Arts Council and the Leawood Foundation Friday, February 20 – Sunday, February 22. It takes place at the Leawood Community Center (4800 Town Center Drive.)

The Emerging Artists exhibition will feature works from four artists throughout the weekend.

Friday, February 20, 6-9 p.m.
Dee Hamlin, mixed media mini-doors
George Utter, acrylic abstracts
Malek Deng, photography

Saturday, February 21, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mathew Beatty, large mosaic

Sunday, February 22, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Dee Hamlin, mixed media mini-doors

The exhibit will also include original artwork cards created by a variety of Emerging Artists. “The artists who create the work for the art cards have more severe physical or cognitive abilities but are still actively making choices such as colors, tools to apply paint and orientation on artwork on the cards,” said Cary Odell, Emerging Artists Program Coordinator.

Emerging Artists make money off their work when they sell original pieces, and also when one of their designs is licensed for merchandise such as t-shirts, water bottles and greeting cards. This program is part of Johnson County Developmental Supports.

For more information

YouTube video about Emerging Artists Program
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYxP-rWr7CU

Emerging Artists gallery and product catalog
http://jcdsart.wix.com/jcdsemergingartists#

Emerging Artists on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/JCDSEmergingArtists

 

Help shape the future of Johnson County Library
February 16, 2015

What will you want from the Library in the future? Bigger meeting spaces? More e-materials? We want to know what you think. You are invited to participate in a public feedback session or join the conversation online. More information is available here.