Friday, February 27, 2009
Indoor Entertainment Facilities, March 9, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Outdoor Recreation & Entertainment Facilities, March 10, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Nursing & Assisted Living Facilities, March 11, 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Religious & Faith Centers, March 12, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
All sessions will be held at the Johnson County Conference Center at the Johnson County Administration Building at 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe, KS 66061. All attendees will also get a free tour of the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center.
If you are interested, please register by visiting the training site and clicking on EMM. Then select the course you are interested in. Please share this with anyone who might benefit.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
KPR (FM 91.5) covers the entire region including all of Johnson County. They focus on providing news and information to small cities and communities not always served by major media markets in the Kansas City Metro area.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
As with all plans that impact the public, Johnson County and the participating jurisdictions and organizations value the input of the citizens that the plan may impact. Local citizens are encouraged to review the final draft of the plan and complete the form below. You may e-mail Emergency Management Director Nick Crossley at firstname.lastname@example.org any comments or complete the online submission form at http://www.jocoem.org/hmp-comment.asp.
Public comments will be accepted through March 1, 2009.
For more information about these mitigation efforts in Johnson County, visit www.jocoem.org.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Research has show that for every $1 spent on mitigation it saves $4 during emergency response activities because of the reduced impact to the community. That is significant. Hopefully, that type of figure makes mitigation a little easier to understand.
In the next few weeks, we will mention more about the mitigation planning process.
Friday, February 20, 2009
The next session will be in April and will focus on Power & Light issues in Johnson County.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The outdoor warning system is set up to alert the public of a tornado warning. There are three basic criteria to activate the sirens for tornadoes:
- The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning for Johnson County,
- A county trained and certified weather spotter reports a tornado; or
- A tornado is reported by a local public safety official
The only other time you should hear the sirens is during the regularly scheduled testing. The activation of the outdoor sirens should never be taken lightly.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
However, we are always looking for new and interesting ways to educate the public regarding the threat of severe weather. Does anyone have any ideas they'd like to share? If so, post them to this blog so we can all benefit!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
A new video has been created and is viewable at the Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security Youtube Channel or by clicking here.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Representatives from FEMA, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, University of Kansas, and local Emergency Management offices will provide a program designed to inform local citizens about the local earthquake threat, planning which is taking place to help coordinate the response after a major earthquake in the Midwest, and steps citizens can take to better prepare for such an event.
The "Earthquakes in the Midwest" townhall meeting will be held Thursday, February 19, 2009, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Platte County Resource Center (11724 NW Plaza Circle, KCMO 64153).
Friday, February 13, 2009
Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security is always willing to send staff to talk to any public group interested in learning more about this topic.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Local citizens are encouraged to maintain a severe weather preparedness plan for themselves, their families and businesses year round. A part of their plan should be to maintain constant awareness of the threat of severe weather by staying informed of any severe weather in the area. This can be done by monitoring your NOAA All-Hazard Weather Radio or other trusted information source. Johnson County encourages citizens to own and maintain these radios and their preparedness plans as part of their comprehensive emergency warning system. For more information about NOAA all hazard radios and creating a personal or business preparedness plan visit www.jocoem.org.
Monday, February 9, 2009
We took a quick video blog of the event and have shared it on our YouTube site and here.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Safety City contains lots of interesting emergency preparedness things to see including a MAST ambulance, Police motorcycle, classic civil defense items, public health trailers, CERT trailers, and many other things. Many of the items you can come and see were supported by regional homeland security funds. Come see what supports Kansas City (and Johnson County's) preparedness efforts!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This new blog can be read at www.jocoplanning.blogspot.com!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
See you there!
The general preparedness survey that was presented through this blog asked several questions related to individual and family preparedness.
The second question on the survey asked whether or not the respondent owned a NOAA All-Hazard (Weather) Radio. According to the survey, 73% stated they owned one while the remaining 27% stated either disasters were uncommon in this area or couldn't afford one.
If you are unfamiliar with NOAA All-Hazard Radios you can read more about them here or watch this video that stresses the importance of having them in your homes as part of your individual and family preparedness.
Monday, February 2, 2009
I would like to thank those of you who responded to the general preparedness survey that was posted to the blog. I will spend the next few days sharing those results with you. Of the respondents 46% were male and 54% were women.
This figure shows how the respondents answered the question of "Do you have an individual or family emergency supply kit that will last for 72 hours?".
For those of you who don't have an emergency supplies kit, you can learn more about what items go into these kits here.