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Be prepared with a car kit

Preparedness is everyone’s job.

Not just government agencies but all sectors of society — service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen — should plan ahead for disaster.

During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available. People must be ready to act on their own.

One of the most overlooked preparedness kits is the car kit.

You should have a car kit for each vehicle in your household. You should also try to maintain at least half a tank of gas at all times during winter weather events.

Suggested items for the car include a first-aid kit and manual, fire extinguisher, radio and batteries, non-perishable food stored in a coffee can or other container, bottled water, bag of sand or kitty litter, deicer or salt, shovel and other tools, blankets or sleeping bags, a sundry kit that includes paper and pencil, map, tissues, moist towelettes, plastic bags and essential medications, flashlights and batteries, reflectors or flares, tire repair kit, waterproof matches and candles, jumper cables, tow rope and short rubber hose for siphoning.

Be sure to keep copies of important documents that concern your automobile in your glove box.

For more information on being prepared, log onto the Archuleta County Extension Web site at www.archuleta.colostate.edu.

Poisonous plants workshop

Protect your investment and keep your animals safe! Register now to attend a Breeze Workshop concerning poisonous plants and new developments in rangeland grasses.

The class will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Archuleta County Extension Office in Pagosa Springs. The workshop fee is $10 per person and includes workshop materials and lunch if registration is received (not postmarked) by Jan. 28. If registration is received after this date, there will be a $5 fee added.

The USDA ARS Poisonous Plant Lab and Forage and Range Research Laboratory are the premier research facilities across the West, and will be the highlight of the workshop. Scientists and practitioners from both labs will present the latest research on Larkspur, Locoweed and other poisonous plants. The research team from the forage lab will provide information on integrating range plants into Cheatgrass sites, Forage Kochia and new developments in rangeland grasses. These workshops are appropriate for producers, private landowners, land management agency personnel and veterinarians. They will highlight the most recent research and management alternatives for western rangelands.

Contact the Archuleta County Extension Office at 264-5931 to register or learn more about the workshop.

Calendar

Jan. 14 — noon, Mountain View Homemakers meeting.

Jan. 15 — 2 p.m., 4-H Rabbit project.

Jan. 15 — 2:15 p.m., 4-H Gardening project.

Jan. 15 — 3:30 p.m., 4-H Turkey project.

Jan. 15 — 4:15 p.m., 4-H Poultry project.

Jan. 15-16 — 4-H Cake Decorating-Unit 7.

Jan. 18 — Office closed for Martin Luther King Day.

Jan. 19 — 6 p.m., 4-H Council meeting.

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