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Severe weather

NotifyJoCo's sign-up feature makes it easy to stay informed

Signing up for emergency alerts from NotifyJoCo just got easier with a new feature that allows residents and businesses to sign up via a text message. Anyone who lives, works or plays in Johnson County can text NOTIFYJOCO (all one word) to 888777 to begin receiving countywide alerts on their mobile device.

Residents can identify up to five locations (work, home, or their child’s school, for example) they would like to receive alerts about. NotifyJoCo alerts individuals about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies, to more routine announcements, such as road closures and water utility maintenance, depending on what options are chosen in the sign-up process. Messages are sent to residents based on their preferences — cell phone, SMS, home phone and email — to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information.

There are three easy ways to sign up for NotifyJoCo alerts:

  1. Text NOTIFYJOCO (all one word) to 888777 to instantly register for countywide alerts via text message to your mobile device. Standard text messaging rates will apply.
  2. Go to notifyjoco.org and customize alerts for up to five designated locations and select your preferred communication methods (phone, text, email). You can also opt-in for a variety of non-emergency messages.
  3. Call 913-826-5555 to register for alerts if you don’t have access to a computer.

A test of the system will take place on Tuesday, March 6, during Severe Weather Awareness Week, and messages will be sent to those who have signed up.