Emergency managers endure long day of tracking stormy weather through Johnson County

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Johnson County Emergency Management kept an eye on the weather throughout Tuesday. Officials activated the emergency management center at a level 2 in the afternoon.

This level of response is just above normal operations, and means that administrative staff actively monitor storms as they approached. A level 3 or 4 response would mean emergency management would bring in other other departments or organizations.

It made for a long day for Johnson County emergency managements.

A round of storms hit the metro in the morning, and there was a threat of more in the later hour. Staff at the emergency operations center were actively monitoring the weather with all of the tools they have available.

“We have radar up. We have multiple media sources as communicating directly with the national weather service to really keep an eye on what’s going on as those storms approach to see what hazards they pose to the county, as well as be here to assist in any response operations should that become necessary,” said Trent Pittman with Johnson County Emergency Management.

Weather spotters were also activated. They have predetermined areas of the county, where they report back the conditions they see.

Last month the county mistakenly sent an alert about a tornado in Johnson County. The alert was meant for Johnson County, Texas. The county traced the problem back to a setting with one of its vendors. The problem was resolved a short time later, to make sure mistakes like that don’t happen again.