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Johnson County Government to conduct annual emergency response exercise Sept. 27; nationwide test at 1:20 p.m.

Johnson County Emergency Management will host a day-long emergency exercise on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the county’s Emergency Operations Center, located in the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St. in Olathe.

The scenario will involve a simulated response to a local emergency. The county will activate its Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center. County officials are working with the cities of Overland Park and Olathe and Johnson County Community College to conduct the disaster exercise.

Emergency management staff will be available to speak with media from 1 to 1:20 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center. Photo and video opportunities of exercise activity and participants will be available at that time. Media are asked to RSVP to attend.

Mandatory nationwide test

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Sept. 27 at 1:20 p.m. CST.

The test will assess the readiness for distribution of the national level test message, as well as verify its delivery.

The EAS test is made available to radio, television, cable and direct broadcast satellite systems, and is scheduled to last approximately one minute.

The test’s message will be similar to the regular monthly test message of the EAS with which the public is familiar, only inserting the word “national.” “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”

Johnson County’s emergency exercise is in conjunction with National Preparedness Month. As part of the exercise, residents are encouraged to sign up for the county’s emergency alerts through NotifyJoCo.org or to update their existing information if they are already signed up.

Media and partner agencies are encouraged to use the hashtag #NotifyJoCo to post and view social media content of the exercise.

The exercise is led by Johnson County Emergency Management.