Area resources for home and healthBy Deb Gruver
The Wichita Eagle
Here’s a handy list of resources that you may not know about.
Free blood pressure checks
What: Free blood pressure checks
Where: Fire stations
When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Sedgwick County Fire District 1 stations; anytime at Wichita Fire Department stations
More information: To find a list of stations, go online to www.sedgwickcounty.org/fire/district.asp or www.wichita.gov.
Free home monitoring
What: Free monitoring of your home while you are on vacation by the Wichita Police Department
More information: Fill out a form online at www. wichita.gov. Click on the “Vacation Monitor” link under the “Contact Us” menu on the left-hand side of the home page
Lost your pet?
What: Wichita Animal Control might have it. It picks up stray animals and holds animals brought in as strays.
Where: 3303 N. Hillside, next to the Kansas Humane Society
When: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays
More information: 316-350-3360.
Household hazardous waste disposal
What: Sedgwick County residents can safely get rid of items such as paint, batteries, used oil, household cleaners, computers, gasoline, antifreeze, pesticides, herbicides and other chemical products at the county’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility. There’s also a “swap and shop” section where you can find free paint and other materials for your home.
Where: 801 Stilwell, Wichita, south of Kellogg off Seneca
When: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
More information: 316-660-7464
What: Sedgwick County Extension Service’s trained master gardener volunteers help home gardeners with information on planting and care of lawns and gardens. They also put on several plant-related events throughout the year, including Herb Day, Tomato Day, Tree Fest, garden tours and a basic gardening series.
Where: Sedgwick County Extension Service, 7001 W. 21st St.
More information: 316-660-0100
Rural address marking program
What: Sedgwick County Fire District 1 offers free rural address signs as part of a program to help fire, EMS and law enforcement find your house in an emergency. There are a few styles of signs. You can choose which kind you would like. You must have an existing post for the sign.
Where: You must live in an unincorporated area of the county. If you do, the fire district will supply and install a free address sign for you.
More information: Enter your address and style of sign online at www.sedgwickcounty.org/fire/ramp.asp.
Wichita neighborhood information, assistance
What: Information about your neighborhood, including construction projects, safety and environmental court cases. You can sign up for weekly updates by contacting your district’s neighborhood assistant.
Where: Information is by district. If you don’t know what district you’re in, go to www.wichita.gov to look at a map or call Neighborhood Services at 316-268-4351.
More information: Contact the assistants below.
District 1 (central and northeast Wichita) LaShonda Garnes, Atwater Neighborhood City Hall, 2755 E. 19th St., 316-303-8017, firstname.lastname@example.org
District 2 (east) Antoine Sherfield, 455 N. Main, 316-268-4351, email@example.com
District 3 (southeast) Janet Johnson, Colvin Neighborhood City Hall, 2820 S. Roosevelt, 316-303-8029, JCJohnson@wichita.gov
District 4 (south and southwest) Kelli Glassman, Stanley-Aley Neighborhood City Hall, 1749 S. Martinson, 316-303-8008, KGlassman@wichita.gov
District 5 (northwest) Megan Buckmaster, 455 N. Main, 316-268-4351, firstname.lastname@example.org
District 6 (north) Terri Dozal, Evergreen Neighborhood City Hall, 2700 N. Woodland, 316-303-8041, TDozal@wichita.gov
Help understanding Medicare
What: Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, an educational program that helps people with Medicare understand the system and their choices, including for supplemental insurance. One-on-one counseling is available as well as group counseling.
Where: Sedgwick County Extension Service, 7001 W. 21st St. or the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, 2622 W. Central, Suite 500
More information: Call the Extension Service at 316-660-0100 or the Agency on Aging at 316-660-5132. At the Extension Service, ask for coordinator Sarah Taylor. At the Agency on Aging, ask for Celia Easley.
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