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Johnson County Government exists to provide hundreds of high-quality services to its more than 560,000 residents. Some County initiatives are highly-visible and impact residents' lives on a daily basis, including wastewater, stormwater, and roadway improvements along with construction or renovation of public buildings. Others County services happen behind the scenes, while plenty of what we do is highly popular, like library programs, park and recreation activities and fun events.

Resident News

670 Reroutes for Construction on I-35

Starting Monday, April 6, The JO’s 670-Gardner OP Xpress will use K-7, K-10 and I-435 between the Great Mall and Oak Park Mall. The reroute will be in effect until construction is complete, which is expected to last through December 2015.

KDOT will be repaving I-35 from Santa Fe to 151st Street, and the construction will also include ramp closures at Santa Fe and Old 56 Highway.

Please refer to the revised 670 schedule. Scheduled times for several trips have changed. 

For route information, call the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660 weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

23rd & Naismith Not a Lawrence Park & Ride

Dillon’s at 23rd & Naismith Not Available for Parking

Riders of The JO 710-K-10 Connector are advised that the parking lot at Dillons, 23rd & Naismith, is not a Park & Ride location. The JO does not have an agreement with property owners of this location, and customers who park here do so at their own risk. 23rd & Naismith will remain a bus stop for the 710.

Park & Rides are available at the KU Park & Ride lot near 21st & Iowa and at 19th & Haskell in west Lawrence.

More details are available in the 710 schedule.

For route and schedule information, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Spring Break in JoCo

Get the most out of Spring Break with our guide to events around Johnson County from March 13-22.

Need more ideas? Visit our Staycation board on Pinterest for things to do in the area.




8 things to do when the time changes

The time change this weekend is a good time to take care of all those things you've been meaning to do but haven't gotten around to yet, such as…

  1. Set clocks forward one hour. It's hard to lose an hour of your weekend but since your boss is doing it, you probably should too.
  2. Change or charge batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It might be time to replace your detectors. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years; carbon monoxide alarms, every five years.
  3. Refresh supplies in emergency preparedness kits. Check batteries, expiration dates, and supply levels of the items that you keep in your preparedness kits - at home, in the car, and at work. JoCo72.org has some recommendations of what to include in your kits as well as other tips to prepare for severe weather season.
  4. Check home and storage areas for hazardous materials. Move them out of reach of kids or pets. Bring any that are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. The first Saturday HHW collection of 2015 is March 14. Learn more about the program and make a reservation.
  5. Check and discard expired medications. Those dates really DO have meaning - some very common over-the-counter medications can cause serious problems due to change through aging. Bring your expired, unwanted, or unused medications to the Prescription Drug Take Back Drop Box offered by the Sheriff's office. Located inside the east entrance of the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, this service is free and open to any Johnson County resident. No paperwork required.
  6. Check tire pressure and tread. If your tires are in good condition and don't need replaced before the rainy weather of spring, rotate them to help them last longer. Proper tire care helps you stay safe on the road, improves gas mileage, and helps tires last longer.
  7. Change passwords. The longer you keep a password, the more likely your account will be compromised. For a strong password, use a minimum of eight characters including upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.
  8. Change or clean air filters. Dirty air filters make your heating or cooling system less efficient, which means higher energy bills. Dirty filters can also cause a breakdown in your system or start a fire.


Area hospitals join Medical Director program

Johnson County's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System Medical Director Program will provide even better emergency care to residents through an agreement with area hospitals approved this morning by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.

It is rare in the EMS field to have the fire agencies, the paramedic transport provider, the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center and hospitals all working together. Having the hospitals' input in patients' care procedures before reaching the hospital will provide a seamless process for patients.

Kansas University Hospital, Menorah Medical Center, Olathe Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Saint Luke’s South Hospital, and Shawnee Mission Medical Center join MED-ACT, the Emergency Communications Center, and the nine fire agencies that currently serve on the advisory board and help contribute financially.

The hospitals will contribute $129,568 annually to the Medical Director program. Each hospital's contribution is based on the number of licensed hospital beds at the facility.

The EMS System Medical Director Program has two employees, Medical Director Dr. Ryan Jacobsen and Quality Assurance Manager Melody Morales, R.N. Dr. Jacobsen is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician who started his career as a paramedic in Johnson County. Both work full time to help guide and improve the EMS System in Johnson County.

Check out JoCo72 to become better prepared for an emergency

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 2-6), we'd like to remind you of a new website launched by the Johnson County Department of Emergency Management and Communications to help your family prepare for an emergency.

JoCo72 is your hub for emergency preparedness. You’ll find information about what to do in an emergency, simple steps to get connected, and useful guides to help you get prepared. Share JoCo72 with a friend—and help your loved ones and your community get prepared.

Why 72?

In a serious emergency, community services will be impacted, so a basic rule of thumb is for people to be able to take care of each other for 72 hours before help arrives. That’s just three days—think of it as a long weekend—or nine meals.

Visit JoCo72 to learn more>

8 ways to prepare your family during Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 2-6, is a good time to prepare your family for the possibility of severe weather throughout the year, such as flooding, flash flooding, strong winds, blizzards, and tornadoes. 

Here are some things you can do this week:

Monday, March 2

•  Enroll or update your info in NotifyJoCo: NotifyJoCo, Johnson County’s free emergency mass notification system, is designed to get you the information you need when you need it during emergencies and other non-emergency events. You can customize your preferences to receive time-sensitive messages directly from the County and participating cities and public utilities at home or work, by phone, cell, text and email. Sign up or update your information at www.notifyjoco.org.

Tuesday, March 3

•  Test NotifyJoCo: The third annual public test of NotifyJoCo will be initiated at 10 a.m. You will receive notification by phone, cell, text and/or email if you are in the system -- either by opting in or through publicly available information.

•  Hold a tornado drill: The annual statewide tornado drill for Kansas and Missouri will begin at 1:30 p.m. Use this time to practice sheltering plans for severe weather either at home or at work. The outdoor warning sirens in Johnson County and NOAA all-hazard weather radios will be activated and television and radio stations will also test their notification systems. If weather prevents the drill from taking place, it will be rescheduled for the same time on Thursday, March 5.

Wednesday, March 4

•  Program your weather radio: Johnson County Emergency Management staff will be available to help program your weather radio Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the County Administration building, 111 S Cherry St., Suite 100, Olathe. Remember to bring batteries to hold the programming until the radio can be plugged in.

•  Listen for the siren test: Johnson County Division of Emergency Management will conduct the monthly test of the outdoor warning siren system at 11 a.m. Johnson County’s system consists of 190 sirens placed strategically throughout the county as an early warning device to alert people outdoors to seek shelter and additional information.

 Thursday, March 5

•  Explore JoCo72: JoCo72 is a new online hub for emergency preparedness. Filled with information about what to do in an emergency, simple steps to get connected, and guides to help you get prepared, the website, http://www.joco72.org, also features a section that will provide real-time information during emergencies, including a map for navigating city resources and updates from the County and emergency partners. In a serious emergency, community services will be impacted, so a basic rule of thumb is for people to be able to take care of each other for 72 hours before help arrives.

 Friday, March 6

•  Stop by the Emergency Operations Center: Emergency Management staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide tours, and help with programming weather radios during the Emergency Operations Center open house, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday March 6. The Emergency Operations Center is located in the County Administration building, 111 S Cherry St., Suite 100, Olathe.

Saturday, March 7

•  Build or check your emergency kit: Celebrate the time change by starting a kit or checking expiration dates on the items you already have. For a list of what to include visit www.jocogov.org/em.


Sensory Time at the Museum -- NEW program starting March 2015!

image of KidScape exhibit logoSensory Time at the Museum
 Offered the 1st and 3rd Thursday every month starting in March 2015!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Fee: Free event, but space is limited to 20 children. Reservations required. Please call (913) 715-2575 to reserve your child's spot!

KidScape can be a loud and exciting environment and sometimes that can be a challenge for children with sensory integration and processing needs. Developed in partnership with Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County,  Sensory Time at the Museum is a free opportunity for these children and their families to experience the museum at their own pace before the museum opens to the public.

Special activities have been added to KidScape exhibit to support pretend play while working on fine motor skills along with sensory integration activities such as tactile fun and lacing in the Boutique, go fishing and play golf in the Park, play with echo microphones and practice self-dressing skills with the costumes in the Theater, count the packages at the Post Office and carry the heavy satchel as you make your deliveries, cuddle with a beanbag chair and enjoy some quiet time as you read book and explore the Seeking the Good Life exhibit with a fun seek and find activity!

Location: Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS, 913-715-2550.

Ramping up for renovation at Central Resource Library

Big news! We’re renovating Central Resource Library. To spare everyone from our dust and din, we’re temporarily limiting service at this location.

Limited services with a small browsing collection begin March 1. 

Meanwhile, you can still make a quick stop by this location to

  • Return your materials
  • Pick up your holds
  • Talk to staff about your account

Not to worry, our eLibrary is always open. For computers, friendly librarians and full stacks of books, visit another location.

Our renovated building reopens in 2016. You’ll notice these perks:

  • More study rooms
  • Larger MakerSpace 
  • New Friends of the Library bookstore
  • Better access to power for your cords
  • Upgraded air conditioning and lighting

We're sorry for any inconvenience, and we're excited for what’s to come!

Severe Weather Awareness Week

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:

Upcoming Events

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March 31, 2015 | 11:45 pm

Last Day to Renew for Letter 'B'

April 2, 2015 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Community Corrections Advisory Board Meeting

April 10, 2015 | 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board Meeting

April 13, 2015 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop Training