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Be ready, if and when disaster strikes

The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act.

Make preparations now for a sudden emergency. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead.

This checklist will help you get started. Discuss these ideas with your family then prepare your plan of action.

Before an emergency:

• Learn about the threats and hazards in your area and possible evacuation routes.

• Know the location of utility shut-offs (water, electric, gas, propane).

• Make special provisions for children, seniors, people with disabilities, livestock, pets, etc.

• Put together a 72-hour Emergency Kit for your home and all vehicles. Visit www.archuleta.colostate.edu for a detailed list of kit items.

• Learn about emergency warnings in your area. At-risk citizens or those with special needs should register with the county for assistance and information through the Senior Center at 264-2167. Register cell phones and VoIP numbers for Code RED™ emergency notification at www.archuletacounty.org.

• Consider a safe alternative heat source for possible emergencies.

 During an emergency:

• Keep fire hydrants, gas and propane meters clear of snow.

• Listen to a battery powered radio for evacuation information. Tune into KWUF 1400AM or KSUT 91.3FM for emergency updates.

• Utilize a communication tree and check on your neighbors; utilize non-verbal signals like flags in rural areas.

• Be patient. We live in a remote mountainous community with a variety of possible weather issues (winter storms, floods, avalanches, landslides and wildfires). It will take time to gain access to certain subdivisions and areas of the county.

After an emergency:

• Evaluate your plan — what worked, what didn’t.

• Re-stock your supplies because you never know when disasters will strike.

For additional information concerning how to prepare for potential emergencies in your community, contact your local extension office at 264-5931. They can offer you information and point you in the right direction.

Master Gardener

The Colorado State University Extension Office in Archuleta County is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2012 Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program until Dec. 30. Students will receive training in tree care, vegetables, soils, native plants, water wise gardening, pruning and much more. The training utilizes on-site and distant education experts to teach a series of 11 classes.

Classes start Jan. 26, and will take place at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds every Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $240 if you intend to volunteer, $575 for a certificate without volunteer time.

Please contact the Colorado State University Extension office in Pagosa Springs at 264-5931 for more information or an application.

Calendar

Nov. 4 — 4-H Colorado Mountaineers, 2 p.m.

Nov. 8 — 4-H Rocky Mountain Riders. 6 p.m.

Nov. 8 — Farm Bureau Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 9 — Western Heritage meeting, 6 p.m.

Nov. 9 — 4-H Pagosa Peaks Club, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 — Mountain View Homemakers, noon.

Nov. 11 — 4-H Wolf Creek Wonders, 2 p.m.

Check out our webpage at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.

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