Those who live or work in Johnson County can now sign up to receive important information about locations they care about in the City of Roeland Park and Johnson County through NotifyJoCo, a free public notification system which will communicate emergency information through phone, text and email messages to members of the community.
Using contact information provided by users, NotifyJoCo allows the City of Roeland Park and utilities to notify the public about issues affecting locations they identify. Emergency notifications will be sent in cases needing an immediate response, such as tornado warnings, evacuation notices and public health alerts. NotifyJoCo replaces a similar system, Blackboard Connect, which was used by the City in 2012-13.
To use the system, residents should go to www.NotifyJoCo.org to register their personal contact preferences. They will be asked to provide their contact information. Users can then identify multiple locations they care about (home, work, or their child’s school, for example), and choose which messages they would like to receive. Residents who do not have internet access may call 913.826.5555 to register their information. All information provided will be kept confidential and only used to contact citizens about emergencies and topics in which they have expressed interest.
The system, which is free to the public, is an unprecedented effort between Johnson County, Water One, and the cities of Roeland Park, Lenexa, Mission Hills, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village and Shawnee. The entities are working with Everbridge, Inc., a leading firm in emergency and incident alert systems, to implement NotifyJoCo.
Information will be available through County and participating municipal offices and online at www.roelandpark.org