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It’s storm season: time to review safety plans, disaster kits

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, April 8, 2013, at 4:48 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

With severe weather – including strong winds, hail and tornadoes – possible in the Wichita metropolitan area over the next few days, officials are urging residents to review their safety plans and assemble or refresh their disaster kits.

Residents who do not have a basement should learn where the nearest shelter is, according to a statement issued by Sedgwick County officials.

“Don’t wait until severe weather is threatening to identify your shelter,” the statement said. “An underground shelter is best, but an interior room without windows on the lowest level is an option as well.

“In fact, this type of room may be safer than traveling a long distance to find an underground shelter. Anyone residing in a manufactured home should identify an off-site shelter. Consider neighbors, relatives, churches or other nearby locations.”

Residents should not wait until they hear sirens to react, the statement said. Monitor local media outlets for weather developments.

Coordinate with other family members and have a plan to reconnect after the storm has passed.

Emergency kits should include:

• Important documents

• Current medications

• Water

• Food (and pet food)

• Clothing and bedding

• Tools and supplies

• First aid kit

More specific items may be found at www.sedgwickcounty.org.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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