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Emergency Managers Showcase Efforts at UNLV Game

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LAS VEGAS - From flooding to fires, local, county and state agencies say people should always be prepared when disasters strike.

September is National Preparedness Month. That's why the Nevada Division of Emergency Management is teaming with UNLV to spread the message of safety.

Before crowds of college football fans entered Sam Boyd Stadium for the Rebels' home opener against Arizona, they had the opportunity to receive information about community safety.

"All these vehicles are out here to display what they do in times of disasters and emergencies for floods, wildfires, earthquakes. You name it, they are here to help," said Bud Marshall with Nevada Emergency Management.

Marshall says people can look at those vehicles and ask about the emergency plans local and state agencies have in place. Disasters can range from floods and fires to terrorist attacks.

James Jett volunteers with the Southern Nevada Division of the American Red Cross. He assisted with the effort to fight the Carpenter 1 fire on Mt. Charleston. He also helped with the recent floods in the northwest part of the valley.

"When we have big storms like the one that happened that knocked out all the power and destroyed a bunch of homes, we were the ones who opened up the shelter," he said. "We averaged twenty-seven to twenty-eight people in that shelter every night for almost a week."

Marshall says preparedness for these types of events starts at home. He says families should have first aid kits and an ample supply of food and water. He says families should also keep important papers in a place where they are easily accessible should disaster strike.

Learn How to Create Your Own Emergency Kit

"Our go kit behind us shows an example of taking two cartons and average of one to two dollars every payday when you go to the grocery store, getting a couple of extra cans of goods, dry goods, some preparedness materials, things for kids to do. There are a lot of things you can do to prepare for the family to move in a moments notice," he said.

Marshall says if you don't have a plan in place, it's never too late to create one. The event at Sam Boyd Stadium runs until the game begins at 7:30 p.m.

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