Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security would like to pass along its condolences to those families in Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois that were impacted by severe weather and tornados on New Year’s Eve. The impact to their community is a reminder that severe weather such as heavy rainfall, high winds, hail, and tornados can happen at any time during the year.
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 (ex: JOCOAlert text notification system). 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.
“Traditionally we think of Severe Weather season starting in the Springtime,” said Nick Crossley, Director of Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, “but these types of events remind us we must be vigilant year-round to save lives and reduce the impact to people and property.”
Citizens are also encouraged to have an emergency supply kit that contains enough food and water for individuals and their families to be prepared for all emergencies including severe weather. For more information about emergency kits, visit www.jocoem.org. To learn more about how the JOCOAlert text notification system, visit http://www.jocoem.org/CIT/jocoalert.shtml.
For more information about Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, visit www.jocoem.org.