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Prepare for severe weather this season

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week, so it's a great time to make sure you're ready for the season ahead of us. Spring weather in Kansas brings many potential hazards — tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding.

This morning, The National Weather Service in Kansas City conducted a statewide tornado drill at 10 a.m. which coincided with a test of the county’s emergency notification system, NotifyJoCo, to prepare residents for alerts during severe weather season. Our standard monthly test of the tornado sirens will happen on Wednesday as well.

This week is a great time to review your emergency plans with both your family and your workplace. FEMA recommends residents know the risks, develop an emergency plan detailing how to connect and where to meet in situations when phone lines may be down, and to have an emergency kit in your home and car with a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, medicines, pet supplies and other items for the family or workplace.

For more on how to prepare, go to ready.gov and joco72.org.

You can also sign up for NotifyJoCo, a emergency and public service announcement notification system that's a partnership between Johnson County, WaterOne and several cities across the county. 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.

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.

The system already has access to many business and residential land line numbers, but all Johnson County residents are encouraged to sign up for NotifyJoCo to ensure they receive the alerts that matter most to them.


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