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Emergency Management

Phone: 913-782-3038

111 S Cherry, Suite 100, Olathe, KS 66061

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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

New classes are staring all the time!

Local CERT Contacts:

Olathe Fire Department:

Johnson County Fire District #1:

City of Shawnee:

City of Overland Park:


ECS is the appointed R.A.C.E.S. (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) organization for Johnson County Emergency Management.  ECS is a volunteer organization that provides a service to local government.  ECS is the offical storm spotting organization for Johnson County Emergency Management.

ECS Inc. is a 501(c)6 organization.

ECS Training Requirments:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold at least a Technician Class Amateur Radio License
  • Pass an online NWS Storm Spotter and County Protocols test every two years
  • Attend National Weather Service Training every 2 years
  • Attend County Protocols Training every 2 years
  • Have certificates in FEMA Courses 100, 200, 700, and 800
  • Pass a Criminal Background check
  • Have a radio that has a minimum output of 25 watts to an externally mounted quarter wave antenna


Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

Johnson County Emergency Management Volunteer and Internship Opportunities 

The Johnson County Emergency Management Internship Program:

Johnson County Emergency Management is interested in internship applications from individuals that are looking at the emergency management career field form both the academic and career advancement aspects.  Internships should have a firm start and end date before the intern begins. Division should have no more than one intern at a time.  

We have filled our 2018 summer internship posistion.


The Volunteer Program:

The volunteer program is designed to be a long term opportunity to help further Johnson County Emergency Management's mission of building a better prepared, more resilient community.  Opportunities would include assisting Emergency Management staff at community outreach events and assisting the Emergency Operations Center during a disaster.  We would encourage anyone who is expressly interested in storm spotting to visit Johnson County Emergency Communications inc's website www.k0ecs.org for spotting opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at 913.782.3038


Volunteer and Internship FAQ:

  • Are any internship opportunities paid?
    • Currently no volunteer or internships available through Johnson County Emergency Management are paid.
  • How often are internships opportunities available?
    • Opportunities will be posted online on this page as projects are identified by staff.
  • Do I have to be in the Kansas City Metro area to volunteer?
    • No.  While certain projects may require the volunteer to be present in the office, many may not. Preference will be given to interns that can have a regular presence in the office.
  • What is the screening process?
    • All volunteers and Interns will have to complete a screening process through Johnson County.


Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that will make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.

Citizen Corps programs build on the successful efforts that are in place in many communities around the country to prevent crime and respond to emergencies. Programs that started through local innovation are the foundation for Citizen Corps and this national approach to citizen participation in community safety.


Disaster Response through Ice Storms, Floods, Tornadic and Wind destruction - The KC Regional VOAD comes under the umbrella of the Kansas and Missouri state VOAD. The parent agency is National VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). Following Hurricane Camille in 1969, national representatives from voluntary agencies met to discuss how they could better work together to fill the gaps and eliminate duplication. On July 15, 1970, seven voluntary organizations came together to hold the first meeting of what we now know to be NVOAD.