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Emergency Management

Phone: 913-782-3038

111 S Cherry, Suite 100, Olathe, KS 66061

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The Emergency Management Division serves as the County’s designated disaster response agency and emergency operations center with the responsibility for all disaster and emergency management and response coordination.


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Severe Weather Awareness Week
February 25, 2015

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Johnson County will be participating in the 2015 Severe Weather Awareness Week (SWAW) along with the State of Kansas Division of Emergency Management and National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. SWAW runs from March 2-6 and includes a state wide Tornado Drill Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:30pm. The State wide tornado drill will be performed in addition to routine monthly test of the outdoor warning sirens on March 4th at 11:00am, so excluding any weather complications and technical issues, the sirens will be tested two days in a row in March, the 3rd and 4th. In addition to the annual state-wide tornado drill on the 3rd, Johnson County will also be testing its mass notification system, NotifyJoCo at 10:00am on the 3rd as well. For more on the NotifyJoCo system, click here!

SWAW Events:

March 2nd :

  • Start of Severe Weather Awareness Week
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 3rd:

  • 10:00am - Countywide NotifyJoCo Test
  • 1:30pm - State-wide tornado drill (activation of outdoor warning sirens and NOAA weather radios)
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 4th:

  • 11:00am - Montly county-wide outdoor warning system test
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 5th:

  • Back-up date for statewide tornado drill, 1:30pm (if postponed from Tuesday)
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 6th:

  • Emergency Operations Center Open House (9:00 AM - 7:00 PM)

SWAW Information Packet

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management along with the National Weather Service and Kansas Association of Emergency Managers (KEMA) put together a great document for SWAW 2015 looking back at the weather that was in the state in 2014.

Johnson County Severe Weather Awareness Week Proclamation

On February 19th, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed the week of March 2nd through the 6th as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Severe Weather Awareness Links:

Create or update your organization's emergency plan today!
April 14, 2014

Every organization needs an emergency repsonse plan to ensure they are prepared for emergencies. 

Johnson County Emergency Management has reviewed and compiled a number of disaster-planning documents and links that your organization may find useful. These materials provide the basics of disaster planning for businesses and organizations. These resources are meant to provide a starting point for individuals that are interested in developing their organization's disaster response & recovery plans. We encourage all who utilize these materials to analyze their organization's specific needs carefully when considering the planning guidance provided. Please contact our planning staff at emm-planning@jocogov.org or 913-782-3038 with any questions.

Developing and maintaining Emergency Operations Plans (CPG-101)

Ready Business - This site outlines commonsense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready.

Prepare My Business - The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Agility Recovery Solutions are working together to encourage all small businesses to have a recovery plan in place. Working together, SBA and Agility are educating all businesses on the importance of recovery planning to remain open to service the needs of all communities.

DHS Business Ready Booklet - A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local economy and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

Ready Business outlines common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. It provides practical information to help you plan for your company’s future. These recommendations reflect the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Standard (NFPA 1600) developed by the National Fire Protection Association and endorsed by the American National Standards Institute and the Department of Homeland Security.

Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry - While this guide is a few years old, it still provides one of the most comprehensive approaches to emergency planning for businesses. The guide provides step-by-step advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program. It can be used by any organization where a sizable number of people work or gather (manufacturers, corporate offices, retailers, utilities, etc). This guide covers the planning process, emergency management considerations, hazard specific information, and additional information resources.

Pandemic Business Planning - In an influenza pandemic, businesses and other employers have a key role in protecting employees' health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Companies that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, also have a special responsibility to plan for continued operation in a crisis and should plan accordingly. As with any catastrophe, having a contingency plan is essential.

Emergency Planning Exercises - FEMA Private Sector Division, Office of External Affairs recently began a new series of tabletop exercises as a tool to help private sector organizations advance their organization’s continuity, preparedness and resiliency. The series is a part of the Division’s vigilant efforts to incorporate the private sector across all stages of FEMA’s emergency management mission, to support FEMA’s capabilities, and to enhance national preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation of all hazards.

Additional Links:

FEMA - Private Sector Division
CDC - Emergency Response Resources
Small Business Administration
Institute for Business & Home Safety
National Donations Management Network - FEMA 

Severe weather season is upon us, it's time to prepare!
April 14, 2014

Johnson County is vulnerable to tornadoes and many other hazards. Thankfully, there are a number of fairly simple things we can do to prepare.  Everyone is encouraged to:

Make a Plan - As we enter severe weather season, it is a good time to consider all of the places you and your family spend time throughout the week (everywhere you live, work, learn, and play). Do you know where you would take shelter in each of these locations during a tornado warning?  Do other people that may rely on you know where to go?  If not, now is the time to prepare.

Build a Kit - Having a disaster supplies kit is a key element to being prepared.  After a disaster emergency responders will be working hard to meet everyone’s emergent needs but they cannot reach everyone immediately.  Getting help could take hours, or it could take days.  A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.  Your kit needs to have enough food, water, and other supplies to last you at least three days after a disaster. Do you have a kit that meets your needs? If not, now is the time to prepare.

Stay Informed - Staying informed before, during and after disasters is essential. In addition to knowing what risks face your community and what you can do to prepare for them ahead of time, you need to make sure you have multiple ways to receive emergency notifications and updates.  Having a battery or crank operated NOAA All-hazards Weather Radio is a great way to ensure you are kept informed of official warnings for your area.  Additionally, in Johnson County you can sign up for NotifyJoCo (www.notifyjoco.org).


Preparing beyond the red bag
February 25, 2015

What do being prepared and board games have in common?  Quite a lot actually! In addition to basic preparedness supplies (water, non-perishable food) you should also include comfort items like board games, a good book, a bag of chocolate, or even a bottle of wine!

As we begin our transition into winter it's a great time to check your emergency supplies that you keep in your house.  Remember, a good rule of thumb is to have enough supplies on hand to be independent for 72 hours during an emergency.

The Essentials:

  • Water: Gather one gallon per person, per day.  For a family of 4, that's 12 gallons.  While that may sound like a lot, a more a manageable and practical way to think about it is that it's roughly 2 large packs of bottled water at the grocery store!
  • Flashlight and Extra Batteries: While candles are great for ambience, but a flash light is an invaluable asset for navigating when the power is out!
  • Non-perishable Food: The expired food at the back of your cupboard doesn't count!  Next time you're at the grocery store grab a couple shelf stable items that you like to eat and add them to your basket.  Remember 3 days worth.
  • Manual Can Opener: That can of beans isn't going to do much good if you cannot open it!
  • Fire Extinguisher: Having a fire extinguisher in your house might just help keep that fire in your fireplace where it belongs.
  • Extra Blankets: If you lose power for an extended time period it might be hard maintain your house at normal temperatures, and having extra blankets will help make sure everyone stays warm.

Preparing 2.0:

Winter weather can present unique challenges compared to severe weather.  While severe weather can be in and out of an area within an hour, a severe winter storm can force you to stay home for days at a time.  While you may have the necessary supplies on hand to survive, do you have the supplies on hand to stay sane...or possibly enjoy the experience?  The funny thing about emergency's is that they seem to always brings us together, not tear us apart!  Have the supplies and connections in place before an emergency to make most out of it!

  • Board Games: In addition to the standard supplies, certain items such as board games or a good book can help make the stressful time following an emergency a little more comfortable for you and your family.
  • Grill and Propane: During an extended power outage you may find that many of your kitchen appliances don't work.  Most outside grills however operate independent of electricity and can be valuable for keeping food on the table during an emergency!
  • A good Book: Dust off that book you have always been meaning to read but never got the time to do!  Grab a heavy blanket take some time to relax!
  • Bottle of Wine: Knowing your neighbors before an emergency can prove to be invaluable during and after an emergency!  You can help each other recover by helping shovel snow, sharing supplies, and enjoying each others company!