You don't have to be a Scout to be prepared. National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, is the perfect time to get ready for tornado season. Emergency Management has three easy steps that all Johnson County residents can take now:
1. Build a kit: Your emergency kit should include the necessary supplies to sustain you and your family in your home or vehicle for at least 3 days.
2. Be informed: Sign up for NotifyJoCo, pay attention to your surroundings, and tune into local advance alerts and warnings.
3. Make a plan: Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it's important to create a plan in advance, including what to do for pets, older family members or neighbors, and your home.
"These three things can save lives," said Dan Robeson, Emergency Management Deputy Director. "It's recommended that you be able to support yourself and your family for three days, in case rescue crews can't get to you immediately. It's also important that your family knows what to do in an emergency. It's not a situation that you ever want to find yourself in but knowing what to do can make it less scary and stressful, for both kids and adults."
The County will also be preparing for storm season with two events:
Tuesday, March 4: Second Annual Public Test of NotifyJoCo, 10:00 a.m.
At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, Johnson County and its partners will initiate the second annual public test of the Johnson County’s free emergency mass notification system, NotifyJoCo. Go to www.notifyjoco.org to update your contact information to ensure you get the information you need, when you need it.
Thursday, March 6: Annual Tornado Drill, 1:30 p.m.
At 1:30 p.m. the outdoor warning sirens and NOAA all-hazard weather radios will be activated as part of the annual tornado drill in conjunction with the National Weather Service. This would be a great time to practice your family's severe weather plan.