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Emergency Management

Phone: 913-782-3038

111 S Cherry, Suite 100, Olathe, KS 66061

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The Emergency Management Division serves as the County’s designated disaster response agency and emergency operations center with the responsibility for all disaster and emergency management and response coordination.


Department News

Annual Emergency Operations Center Exercise
September 23, 2016

On Wednesday, Johnson County Emergency Management activated the county Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, to support the annual EOC exercise. This years exercise saw over 80 people participate from the EOC helping to simulate the response to a fictional terrorist attack in Johnson County. The exercise ran for a little over 8 hours.

To find out how you can become better prepared visit www.joco72.org andnotifyjoco.org

Joint EOC/National Weather Service Exercise
July 28, 2016

EOC PicturesOn the morning of July 26th,​ we participated in a joint exercise with the National Weather Service testing our severe weather preparedness, communications, and documentation procedures. It was a great opportunity to keep our skills sharp and interact with vital partners of the Integrated Warning Team. We operated both our primary and alternate EOC simultaneously and independently, while coordinating with the NWS. While there were some lessons learned, both EOC's completed all tasks of the exercise without challenges. Great work!

Board of County Commissioners Approves County Emergency Operations Plan
May 3, 2016

On April 21st, 2016, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved the County Emergency Operations Plan.

The County's Emergency Operations Plan, or CEOP, defines the policies, coordination, and roles and responsibilities required to meet the needs generated by a disaster in Johnson County. It also describes the concepts of operations and emergency processes needed to successfully manage such an event. As part of the plan’s regular maintenance, the Department of Emergency Management and Communications has been coordinating the revision of the plan over the course of the last year. This revision ensures that the plan is congruent with state and federal planning guidance.

You can find the CEOP listed under our Emergency Management Program page, or click here CEOP


JoCo EM becomes a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador
February 22, 2016



As part of its continuing mission to create a better prepared, more resilient community; Johnson County Emergency Management recently joined the Weather Ready Nation initiative by becoming a WRN Ambassador.  Over the next few months, Johnson County Emergency Management will integrate the initiative into its community outreach program as a way to engage businesses and community organizations to become more prepared for severe weather.  


Are you part of a business or community organization and would like to become part of the WRN Ambassador program?  Click here to find out how you can become and ambassador!

Severe Weather Awareness Week
February 19, 2016

Severe Weather Awareness Week 2016:

Johnson County will be participating in the 2016 Severe Weather Awareness Week (SWAW) along with the State of Kansas Division of Emergency Management and National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. SWAW runs from March 14-18 and includes a state-wide Tornado Drill Tuesday, March 15th at 1:30pm.  IF the test is unable to be conudcted on the 15th, it will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 16th at 1:30pm.  The siren activation for the state-wide tornado drill will be held in addition to the routine test of the sirens on the first Wednday of the month at 11:00am.  In addition to the annual state-wide tornado drill on the 3rd, Johnson County will also be testing its mass notification system, NotifyJoCo at 10:00am on the 15th as well. For more on the NotifyJoCo system, click here!

SWAW Events:

March 14th :

  • Start of Severe Weather Awareness Week
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 15th:

  • 1:30pm - State-wide tornado drill (activation of outdoor warning sirens and NOAA weather radios)
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 16th:

  • 11:00am - Montly county-wide outdoor warning system test
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 17th:

  • Back-up date for statewide tornado drill, 1:30pm (if postponed from Tuesday)
  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

March 18th:

  • Staff weather radio set-up (9:00 - 4:00)

SWAW Information Packet

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management along with the National Weather Service and Kansas Association of Emergency Managers (KEMA) put together a great document for SWAW 2016 looking back at the weather that was in the state in 2015.

Johnson County Severe Weather Awareness Week Proclamation

Severe Weather Awareness Links:


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