Thirteen years ago there was debris everywhere after Haysville got blasted by what was then an F-4 tornado. Hundreds lost their homes, six lost their lives.
"I've heard a lot of local people tell me about it and I thought this was a great way to get prepared in case one does come up," Gary Stewart says.
Stewart was among those attending a severe weather class in Haysville put on by Sedgwick County Emergency Management. Following one of the most devastating tornado seasons across the U.S., the message of the class is to be aware and take action to stay safe.
"I think we've kind of slipped back into our old ways of living and I want to be updated," Haysville resident and city council member Pat Ewert says.
Of the 500 Kansas who responded to our scientific Fact Finder 12 Scientific Survey most say they understand what a warning is--82 percent say they understand very clearly. However, when it comes to actually doing the right thing when the sirens go off only 58 percent say they take cover.
Sedgwick County residents have two more chances to catch a free class on severe weather safety.
There's one scheduled at Maize City Hall on Thursday, April 12 and another slated for Thursday, April 19 at the Oaklawn Community Center in Wichita. Both classes begin at 6:30 p.m.