Several Johnson County departments played integral roles in advance notification of the EF-4 tornado that struck the Kansas City Metropolitan Area on Tuesday, May 28.
Following the disaster, more Johnson County staff responded to requests for assistance from affected jurisdictions to begin recovery efforts.
The Public Works department sent a seven-person crew to Leavenworth County the day after the tornado. They helped clear fallen trees, open roadways and remove debris for several business days.
Jim Sherman, contractor licensing program manager for the Planning Department, and Jeff Finch, a county building inspector, volunteered to assess storm damage in Douglas County.
Emergency Management staff supported recovery activities by coordinating resource requests and temporarily providing staff support for affected emergency management offices.
The state of Kansas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will use the damage assessments they conducted to help determine whether there was enough damage sustained to be eligible for federal disaster assistance.