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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sedgwick County offers free classes on severe weather safety

By Deb Gruver
The Wichita Eagle

Sedgwick County residents have three more chances to attend free classes about severe weather safety.

The county’s Emergency Management department already has led 22 of the classes, which were designed by the National Weather Service.

The earliest of the last three classes will meet Wednesday at the Haysville Police Department, 200 W. Grand Ave. Another will meet Thursday at Maize City Hall, 10100 W. Grady. The last class will meet April 19 at the Oaklawn Community Center, 2937 E. Oaklawn Drive.

All classes begin at 6:30 p.m.

More information about the classes is available at www.sedgwickcounty.org.

Cody Charvat, training and exercise officer for emergency management, said the classes are open to anyone interested in severe weather and severe weather safety, particularly in regard to tornadoes. Pre-registration is not required.

So far, most attendees already have had a good understanding of severe weather.

“In essence it’s the minister preaching to the choir,” he said.

Meanwhile, the county has upgraded 82 of 120 outdoor warning devices with new receivers and installed 20 of 27 new warning devices, said emergency management director Randy Duncan.

Duncan said he expects the new system to be running by the end of the month.

Reach Deb Gruver at 316-268-6400 or dgruver@wichitaeagle.com.

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