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READING, Kan. — When a tornado blew through Reading, Kansas, last May, it nearly flattened the small town of 230 people.

Now, a group of college students from Ottawa University are using the town as their classroom as they hope to learn from the deadly twister that ravaged the town.

The tornado killed one man, injured five others, destroyed 20 homes and damaged another 200 buildings.

On Saturday, the Ottawa University students will hold a tornado simulation in the town, playing the role of Red Cross volunteers responding to a monstrous storm similar to the one that struck Reading last year.

The students will also shadow firefighters, stay in a mock Red Cross relief shelter and talk to survivors of last year’s storm.

“I would like to learn how to do the PR aspect of disaster relief,” student Casey Flowers told FOX 4.

“It’s good for students who don’t get a chance to do something like this every day to experience it, so when events like this do happen, they have the ability to go out and help,” said student Jame Moran.