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Emergency management officials encourage citizens to prepare kits

Sep 23, 2012 - From staff reports

The National Weather Service and county emergency management agencies around the state are encouraging people to use National Preparedness Month this September to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, businesses and communities. The agencies are asking residents across Wyoming to prepare an emergency supply kit and invest in an All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio receiver.

Creating an emergency supply kit for homes or businesses and making a family emergency plan are just two ways to prepare for disasters like blizzards, fires, and earthquakes. Personal responsibility is the first step to better prepared individuals and, in turn, communities.

Those able to care for themselves and their families in the initial aftermath of a disaster can greatly assist emergency responders who may be overwhelmed.

A basic emergency supply kit should consist of at least one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, flashlight with extra batteries, can opener, essential medicines, first aid kit, personal hygiene supplies, paper and pencil, a change of clothing, blankets, matches and a deck of cards or other games. Visit ready.gov for more information about building a complete emergency supply kit and a family emergency plan.

Another essential piece of an emergency supply kit is an All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio receiver. Known as "The Voice of the National Weather Service," All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts originate from the agency's 122 forecast offices around the country. NWR is a warning service, which provides non-weather emergency messages and the quickest access to severe weather and flood warnings, as well as providing important weather information and forecasts around the clock, 365 days a year.

"Even with rapidly improving technologies, All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio remains an important link in the emergency communications chain," said Kevin Lynott, Meteorologist in Charge of the Riverton National Weather Service office. "Homes and businesses equipped with an automatic alert All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio receiver obtain accurate emergency information 24 hours a day."

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