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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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JoCo EM becomes a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador
April 15, 2015



As part of its continuing mission to create a better prepared, more resilient community; Johnson County Emergency Management recently joined the Weather Ready Nation initiative by becoming a WRN Ambassador.  Over the next few months, Johnson County Emergency Management will integrate the initiative into its community outreach program as a way to engage businesses and community organizations to become more prepared for severe weather.  


Are you part of a business or community organization and would like to become part of the WRN Ambassador program?  Click here to find out how you can become and ambassador!

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:

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!