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Holiday safety tips from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Burglar trying to force open a door with a crowbar

As holiday season approaches, many residents of Johnson County are busy making travel plans to visit friends and family.

If you are making plans to travel this holiday season, make sure you consider some helpful tips to keep your home and property safe.

Light timers

Purchase timers for lights throughout your house and have them set to go off at random times. This gives the appearance that someone is home and should anyone be watching your house, they may take the lights going on in various rooms as someone being in the residence.

Pick out a JoCo holiday gift

Holiday gift

We’re approaching “last-minute” territory for Christmas shopping.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, consider a holiday gift from Johnson County. Here are some thoughtful ideas for the Johnson County fan in your life.

Johnson County Developmental Supports

Deadline for marketplace insurance looms

health insurance photo

There is still time to enroll in or change 2018 Marketplace health insurance. The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs until December 15, 2017. It's important to act quickly. If you don't act by December 15, you can't get 2018 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Go online to healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 where someone is available to help 24 hours a day.

Looking for some fun?

children looking through their fingers

Looking for some fun activites during the holidays? You needn't look any further than programming offered by the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department and the Johnson County Library. Just within the next several days there are a wide variety of things for you and your family to enjoy, including:

Theatre in the Park INDOOR features 'The Happy Elf'

A special holiday musical gift has arrived at Theatre in the Park’s (TTIP) INDOOR with the seasonal tale of “The Happy Elf.” 

The festive musical, composed by Grammy winner and American Idol judge Harry Connick, opens Dec. 8 and continues through Dec. 24 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park.

Red Flag Warning for fire danger in effect

Red flag fire warning

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Kansas City metro area Monday, Dec. 11 until 6 p.m. Issued by the National Weather Service of Kansas City, people are advised to avoid outdoor burning, to secure trailer chains, properly extinguish cigarette butts, and avoid using any equipment which could generate sparks.
Dry relative humidity, strong northwest winds gusting to 35 mph, and very dry surface fuels, will lead to extreme fire danger across the area today. All outdoor burning should be avoided as any fires that start will be capable of rapid spread.

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