Storm Survival Kits popular on Colorado’s Eastern Plains

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 ​YUMA COUNTY, Colo. — In an effort to prepare for severe weather season, The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office purchased eight storm survival kits for its deputies’ vehicles.

The kits include things tourniquets, rope, first-aid, tools among many other items.

“When a tornado touches down here, it’s comforting to just know that we have the emergency response equipment we need,” said Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day.

Kits are easily accessible and cost anywhere from $25 to a couple hundred bucks. The Sheriff’s Office pick its kits up from a local company based out of Wray, Colorado called Black Wolf Emergency Prep.

“One of the biggest difficulties we run into is complacency. If you haven’t been stuck in one of those situations it’s hard to justify putting in the budget to have this tangible thing in place,” said Justin Peterson, the company’s co-owner.

For those who can’t afford the bundles, Peterson says simple household its can make a huge difference too.

"First and foremost, water, extra clothing and a basic first-aid kit,” Peterson recommended.

It’s the first time the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has added severe storm survival kits. But as far as they’re concerned, they’re glad they have them.

“As much as anything else it’s a comfort to us,” Sheriff Chad Day said.

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