Olathe Partners with County on Alert System

The City of Olathe has partnered with Johnson County on a new free countywide mass notification system scheduled to be up and running by the end of the year, the county announced recently.

Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications Department spearheaded the effort for the new system designed to alert residents of emergency and nonemergency information by phone messages, texts and emails. It is sharing the cost with Overland Park, Lenexa and Water District No. 1 of Johnson County in addition to Olathe. Other cities in the county can join and share the cost starting next year.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Everbridge, Inc., to install and maintain the system. Olathe has since signed a memorandum of understanding with the County to share use of the system.

The notification system, “ALERT-JOHNSON COUNTY,” will allow Emergency Management and Communications, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, local police and fire departments and emergency medical responders to alert or inform residents. Officials will record a voice message, email or text that will be transmitted to affected individuals, businesses and homes. Texts also can be sent to hearing impaired receiving devices.

Receiving nonemergency ALERT-JOHNSON COUNTY information is voluntary, free and contact information is kept confidential. Residents can sign up on a website available next month for categories of interest and prioritize how they’re contacted. Residents cannot opt out of emergency information sent to their landlines.

For more information, visit http://www.jocogov.org/countynews/johnson-county-implement-mass-notification-system.