Interim Emergency Manager
714 N. Main
Wichita, KS 67203
Sedgwick County outdoor warning sirens are tested every Monday
at noon, except when threatening weather is present and on holidays.
Public warning sirens are sounded when dangerous weather or emergency
conditions exist. When sirens are sounded, evaluate conditions. If strong winds,
heavy rain or large hail are present, take shelter immediately. If the weather
doesn't appear threatening, check local media outlets and weather radios for
warnings or emergency information.
Sedgwick County Emergency Management coordinates with The National Weather
Service Wichita office in providing the most timely and accurate weather warning
possible for the citizens of Sedgwick County.
Sedgwick County Emergency Management also supplements warning capabilities to
other public safety entities in Sedgwick County and provides needed warning for
other non-weather emergencies that could put citizens in harm’s way.
Call the emergency management office between 8 a.m.
and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 660-5959 and advise any available staff
member. For times beyond normal business hours, contact 911.
GIS website and click on
the "siren coverage" link to view a map of the siren locations in Sedgwick
Some situations will require
you to remain in your home during an emergency, usually
involving hazardous materials. This is called
"Shelter-in-Place." Here are the steps to
follow if you are directed to Shelter-in-Place:
Turn on the radio
or television for information.
Move family members and pets inside
immediately, if they are outdoors.
Close all windows
and doors tightly.
Turn off ventilation systems - furnace, attic fan or air
Choose one room, preferably an
interior room or bathroom. Seal the entrance by
placing duct tape around the windows and stuffing wet
towels under the doors.
Watch a video that shows you how to Shelter
in Place - August 22, 2008,18 min
Due to the size of Sedgwick County and the
city of Wichita, as well as other logistical problems,
such as security and access, it is impractical to have
public shelters in Wichita.
We also learned lessons from other storms, such as the
Wichita Falls tornado, during which people left their
homes and other structures and died trying to reach a
community shelter. If you feel you must leave your
home to take shelter somewhere else, it is very
important that you do so well before the storm arrives
and not wait until the last minute. If you have
waited too long, then you are better off taking shelter
wherever you are rather than risk driving into the path
of the storm.
Some municipalities in Sedgwick County offer community
shelters. Contact your city offices to inquire
The Mission of
Sedgwick County is to provide quality public services to our community
so everyone can pursue freedom and prosperity in a safe, secure, and
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