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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Storm spotter training set for Feb. 4
January 30, 2019

Are you dreaming of warmer weather in these frigid temperatures? Johnson County Emergency Management invites the public to attend the 2019 National Weather Service/Johnson County Storm Spotter Training on Monday, Feb. 4.

The storm spotter training will run 7 to 9 p.m. at MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Bell Center, 2020 E. College Way in Olathe. Attendees will learn about severe weather, including tornadoes, and they’ll learn how to help report weather hazards to emergency managers. Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Kansas City will be on hand to discuss severe storms, how they form and how you can prepare for severe weather season.

This training is free and open to the public.


Community braces for frigid temperatures
January 29, 2019

With extreme temperatures in the forecast for this week, Johnson County departments and agencies are raising awareness of resources and information to combat the cold.

All braches of the Johnson County Library are designated warming centers for anyone in need of shelter from the elements. In addition to staying out of the cold, residents can read books or magazines, or use one of the computers. Each branch serves as a warming space during normal business hours.

“It’s, of course, critically important to dress warmly,” says Department of Health and Environment Director Lougene Marsh.

With these low temperatures, both frostbite and hypothermia are risks. Warnings signs of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. Seek medical attention quickly if you have these symptoms. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes.

Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures. Hypothermia and frostbite often do go hand in hand, but they do not always happen together. Residents should seek medical attention immediately if either of these are suspected.

Frozen water pipes are another concern for these low temperatures. Weather scientists advise taking precaution whenever the temperature is around 20 degrees or below. Disconnecting hoses or outdoor faucets, setting the thermostat at 65 degrees or above, keeping the garage door closed, and opening cabinet doors under sinks are all ways to help prevent frozen pipes. Residents can visit WaterOne’s tutorial on frozen pipe prevention for more detailed information.

Automobiles are also included on the list of everyday items impacted by extreme cold. Making sure to have antifreeze in the radiator and at least half a tank of gas are two ways to help prevent damage to vehicles. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office regularly reminds residents not to start their automobiles and leave them unattended. This is every car thief’s dream.

Program details hidden attractions in Kansas counties
January 29, 2019

On the heels of Kansas Day, celebrating the state’s 158th birthday, Johnson County Library has scheduled a program to showcase some hidden attractions in Kansas.

The program on Wednesday, Jan. 30, features Marci Penner, who co-wrote the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers, with WenDee Rowe. The presentation will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee.

The guidebook, with 4,500 entries and more than 1,600 pictures, details communities, sights to see and great places to eat in 515 incorporated cities, 97 unincorporated areas and all 105 Kansas counties.

Kansas Day is observed annually on Jan. 29 to commemorate the anniversary of the state’s 1861 admission as the 34th state to the Union. The state holiday was first celebrated in 1877 by schoolchildren in Paola.

Johnson County is older than the state and turns 164 years old in 2019 as one of the original 33 counties founded on Aug. 25 by the Legislative Act of 1855 in the Territory of Kansas.


Child car seat safety check up, Jan. 26
January 25, 2019

If you have children riding in your vehicle, it’s important that they are properly restrained to prevent injury in case of an accident. Safe Kids Johnson County, a program of Johnson County's Department of Health and Environment, in coordination with community partners, will offer a free child passenger safety seat check-up event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at McCarthy Chevrolet, 675 N. Rawhide, Olathe. Inside of the service department, trained car seat safety specialists will examine child car seats for proper use, installation, age/size appropriateness and will alert parents to any recalled products. Safety checks take approximately 30 minutes per seat. The child must be present unless the participating parent(s) is expecting. This is a great way for parents and caregivers to ensure their children are buckled up right.

Of those kids who are buckled up, three out of four are not restrained properly or are sitting in a seat that is incorrectly installed. Child car seats are extremely effective when correctly used and installed—reducing the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.         

Safe Kids Johnson County, Pilot Club of Shawnee Mission, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics and McCarthy Chevrolet are co-sponsoring these lifesaving safety checks.

Kansas Day activities coming up
January 25, 2019

Johnson County residents will join the rest of the state on Jan. 29, in celebrating Kansas’ 158th birthday. Ahead of the annual observance, Johnson County Library is excited to share some upcoming events that are designed to honor our state’s uniqueness.

Author George Frazier will describe native geological formations that defy our state’s flat stereotype at a special event called The Last Wild Places of Kansas. The presentation goes from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., today, Jan. 24 at the Leawood Pioneer Library, 4700 Town Center Dr. Leawood.

The day after Kansas Day, you can learn about the state’s hidden attractions. Kansas Guidebook for Explorers begins at 6:30 p.m., on Jan. 30, at the Monticello Library, 22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee, and goes until 8 p.m. Author Marci Penner will speak about a book she co-wrote with WenDee Rowe. The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers details the hidden attractions found in all 105 Kansas counties.

Resources for furloughed federal employees
January 25, 2019

Johnson County offers several programs that may assist those who find themselves without a paycheck due to the federal government shutdown.

The county’s Multi-Service Outreach Centers serve people in need of social services who live in geographic areas generally conforming to school districts. The center managers are available to meet with residents by appointment to address their situations. The centers work closely with school districts, area churches, businesses, and organizations and the community at large.

The centers offer assistance for qualifying families with:

  • Utility payments (Note for Johnson County Wastewater customers: Furloughed federal employees who are not receiving paychecks may contact JCW to avoid late fees. Contact us online or by calling 913-715-8590.
  • Medical needs
  • Food pantries
  • Information and referrals

Please visit the Human Services Outreach Services webpage for further details.

You can also look into these resources:

United Way 2-1-1 lists resources specific to those affected by the federal shutdown.

Additionally, RideKC bus rides are free for any furloughed government workers. They only need to show their government ID in order to board for free. This applies to all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Johnson County and Independence.