County to particpate in area emergency exercise
On Thursday, Johnson County personnel from multiple departments and agencies will be participating in a Kansas City Metro area exercise called Perfect Storm. This exercise will be a disaster simulation that will test and evaluate the county's emergency plans that address resource management and coordination as well as large-scale emergency public information.
"This type of exercise is a vital component of our emergency preparedness efforts," Nick Crossley, Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security director said. "It provides us an opportunity to engage county, community, and regional partners to determine strengths and improvement areas before a disaster actually occurs."
The training scenario involves tornadoes impacting several parts of Johnson County and additional locations throughout the Kansas City Metro during a busy weekday. The exercise will begin at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The exercise will require the full activation of the county's Emergency Operations Center which will provide a central location for more than representatives from various county and community organizations to help manage overall incident priorities and coordination of resource management. This will include the simulated use of technological systems such as WebEOC, EMSystem, and KCPL's PowerWatch.
County officials will be providing updates to the exercise via their Twitter and Facebook accounts. These messages will only be part of the exercise and will always be preceded by "This is an exercise." These sites can be found at www.jocoem.org/links.shtml.
Additionally, because April 7 is the first Wednesday of the month, the county, along with the National Weather Service is planning on testing the outdoor warning siren system at 11 a.m.
For more information about Johnson County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, please visit www.jocoem.org.