With the super storm attacking the northeast, it's leaving some wondering about natural disasters here at home and how prepared we really are.
While Sandy is causing havoc on the east coast, it reminds us that disasters can happen anywhere. Officials say they're ready and prepared for whatever disaster may someday occur on the Western Slope.
"Disasters can and will strike all around the U.S." said Eric Myers, Executive Director for the Western Colorado American Red Cross.
With all eyes around the country focused on the east coast and Hurricane Sandy, we're reminded that we need to be prepared as well here on the Western Slope. Local officials say they are prepared and ready to act at a moments notice if disaster strikes.
"In Mesa County, we have an all hazards emergency plan and it really enables Mesa County as well as the municipalities and special districts and all response agencies to come together and respond for any given emergency” said Andy Martsolf, Mesa County emergency Manager.
We may not get hurricanes here in the west, but we have dangers from other natural disasters that can occur.
"As far as natural disasters here in western Colorado, the Red Cross prepares for anything ranging from a wildfire to blizzard conditions to transportation avenues being shut down… large scale floods that can occur" explained Myers.
Officials say that every family or household should have an emergency preparedness kit ready in the event that a disaster does happen.
"We have flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and one thing most people forget is to have emergency preparedness for your pets. It doesn't cost much money, it doesn't take much time, and it is essential to your own welfare to have these things stashed away at your house" said Donna Mantow of Gypsum.
Officials say that you can sign up online for emergency alerts from the 911 communications center through the Grand Junction city website by clicking here.