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Severe Weather Awareness Week brings opportunities to prepare

Johnson County will recognize Severe Weather Awareness Week March 14-18 in order to increase community members' awareness of severe weather risks and the actions we all can take to protect our families, workplaces, and community. This is part of a statewide effort to encourage residents to prepare for severe weather that might impact their homes, businesses, and schools such as flooding, flash flooding, strong wind, lightning, thunder, hail and tornadoes.

Johnson County residents have three ways to participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week.

1. Enroll in NotifyJoCo or verify your settings before Tuesday, March 15

NotifyJoCo, Johnson County’s free emergency mass notification system, is designed to get residents the information they need when they need it during emergencies and other non-emergency events.

Johnson County will conduct a system wide NotifyJoCo test on March 15 at 10 a.m.

Before then, Johnson County residents are encouraged to visit www.notifyjoco.org to enroll or update their information. Users can customize their 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.

2. Practice your tornado plan during our tornado drill on March 15 at 1:30 p.m.

The annual statewide tornado drill for Kansas and Missouri will begin at 1:30 p.m. Residents and businesses can use this time to practice sheltering plans for severe weather. 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 17.

3. Get help programing your weather radio between March 14-18

Johnson County Emergency Management staff will be available to help people program weather radios 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.

For more information on how to prepare your family, home, business, or community group for an emergency, please visit http://www.joco72.org.

Media Contacts

Lori Sand
Senior Public Information Officer
Office: 913-715-8572
Cell: 816-560-6713

Jody Hanson
Director of Public Affairs and Communication
Office: 913-715-0730
Cell: 913-626-5482