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For Media Personnel
April 12, 2021
Kate Flavin


Tuesday Planning Exercise Trains First Responders, Public Safety

(Sedgwick County, KS) – Sedgwick County Emergency Management is holding a training exercise for local first responders and public safety officials from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 at 2645 N. New York St. The exercise is being conducted on private property and is not open to the public.

Tuesday’s exercise will be a simulated and controlled hazardous materials release scenario. If citizens observe smoke from this location, do not call 9-1-1, as it is a part of the exercise scenario.

Members of the media are invited to observe the exercise from a dedicated staging area at the southeast corner of 2645 N. New York St. Please do not park between the VIP signs. The easiest parking may be at Heartland Preparedness Center located at 2808 N. New York St. There will be a shuttle taking people to and from the exercise location.

County Commissioners have been invited and may be present to observe the training exercise as well.

It is important for organizations in all sectors, government, private and non-profit, to test emergency plans by conducting and participating in training exercises periodically.  Exercises like this allow for a whole community approach to emergency preparedness. Organizations and individuals are better able to manage and recover from a variety of disasters by planning and practicing before it happens.