The Kansan - Newton, KS
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  • Harvey County Emergency Management will hold an exercise for county staff Thursday on responding to disasters.
    The exercise is scheduled to take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Emergency Operations Center. Specifically, the training will be about how to be prepared when ice storms hit, but the information could be applied to any disaster, Lon Buller, Harvey County emergency management director said.
    "The whole goal is to make us better at working together," Buller said.
    Roughly 20 people, mostly supervisors, from key county departments will participate in the exercise, Buller said. County sheriff T. Walton and county commissioner Chip Westfall are among the county officials signed up for the training.
    "We not trying to leave anybody out, but this is a whole new program that's not been done before," Buller said. "To get to where we need to be, we have to start a little small."
    Over the next few years as the program develops, the class will be open to more county workers and non-governmental organizations emergency management works with, such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army, Buller said.
    The EOC has never had a training this in-depth and Buller said he hopes to see it grow. The exercise was made possible through a federal grant of around $30,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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