Preparing for Severe Weather & Recovering from Major Weather Events
SUNDAY, MAY 4TH, 2008 

1-6 pm

Remembering May 4th, 2003 and looking ahead is the theme of the symposium which will be held on May 4th, 2008 from 1-6 PM at the Franklin Community Center in Franklin, KS. The Crawford County Severe Weather Symposium will reflect on the events of May 4th, 2003 and look at the progress that’s been made since that fateful day.

A presentation will also be given on how a community can prepare for severe weather and the steps you can take to minimize your risks during severe weather. This event is free and is open to the public and will feature a number of speakers that will talk about May 4th, 2003 as well as other severe weather related topics.

Exhibits will be set up providing information on severe weather safety, NOAA Weather Radio, and much more. There will also be a tornado generator on display that is very popular with kids. A Safe Room/Storm Shelter display will be provided by Enos Davis owner of TWISTER
SAFE LLC., Neosho, Missouri and videos from the tornadoes of 2003 will be shown throughout the day.

Presenters for the Crawford County Severe Weather Symposium will include
Doug Cramer, National Weather Service Meteorologist, Doug Heady, KOAM-TV Chief Meteorologist, representatives from FEMA and USDA Rural Development, Sandy Horton, Crawford County Sheriff and many other interesting speakers.   Many other activities and speakers will be announced in the near future.  

A remembrance ceremony will be held at 5 pm which will include a special service.  

This event is organized by the Franklin Community Council, Inc and Joey Ketcham. The Franklin Community Council, Inc. was formed in October, 2003 for the purpose of organizing the residents of the community to work together to rebuild and restore the feeling of “home” and sense of “community”. Joey Ketcham is a storm chaser and the owner of the Kansas Storm Chaser website,

The symposium will be a very interesting and exciting event with something for everyone of all ages.    Food and drinks will be available throughout the afternoon. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.  

To stay informed about this very special event visit the website  , call the Franklin Community Center 620-347-4220 or Phyllis at 620-249-9333.

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