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Johnson Co. Emergency Management Explains Tornado Alerts

Wednesday morning’s storms took many by surprise as they missed tornado warnings and sirens. The Johnson County Emergency Management Department said that particular storm didn’t give them much warning. The county’s 200 outdoor sirens went off minutes after the National Weather Service issued the tornado warning at 1:21 a.m. operations for Johnson County Emergency Management. The county is working with the National Weather Service and field observers to send out severe weather alerts.”We have plans, procedures in place for these events, where there is little or no notice. Prior to activity tornadoes, and luckily those plans were implemented and worked,” Pittman said. One thing the county is urging is to have multiple ways to get severe weather alerts, like the system Johnson County Wireless Emergency Alert that will bypass Do Not Disturb mode on your phone and send alerts that can be configured through the app. “When it comes out, you need to make sure it’s not the Johnson County, Missouri. You don’t misinterpret it. You want to make sure this is a tornado warning, in Johnson County,” Pittman said.

Wednesday morning’s storms took many by surprise as they missed tornado warnings and sirens.

The Johnson County Emergency Management Department said that particular storm didn’t give them much warning.

The county’s 200 outdoor sirens went off minutes after the National Weather Service issued the tornado warning at 1:21 a.m.

“We knew severe weather was possible, but it took us by surprise with the tornado warning,” said Trent Pittman, assistant operations manager for Johnson County Emergency Management.

The county works with the National Weather Service and field observers to send out severe weather alerts.

“We have plans, procedures in place for these events, where there is little or no notice. Prior to tornado activity, and fortunately, those plans were implemented and worked,” Pittman said. .

One thing the county is urging is to have multiple ways to get severe weather alerts, like the Johnson County Wireless Emergency Alert System which will bypass do not disturb mode on your phone and send alerts which can be configured through the app.

“When it comes out, you need to make sure it’s not Johnson County, Missouri. You don’t misinterpret it. You want to make sure it’s a tornado warning, in Johnson County,” Pittman said.