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As was discussed in the newspaper article from a couple of weeks ago, here are some important aspects that should be considered to be better prepared in case any unexpected natural disaster happens.

* Find out what could happen: Part of disaster preparedness is having a plan for evacuations. Perform an evacuation exercise in cases of natural disasters, where all persons living in the home learn the steps to follow in the evacuation route to save their lives in the case of natural disasters. Practice more than one time with your family different routes of evacuation in your house. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Think about how you will communicate in different situations.

* Make a plan: Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number for the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get hold of someone you know. You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and take essentials with you.

* Complete a past emergency kit: A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Consider the following things when putting together your emergency food supplies:

* Food: Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; choose foods your family will eat; remember any special dietary needs; avoid foods that will make you thirsty; choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

* Water: Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family's needs during an emergency.

* Maintaining your kit: Just as important as putting your supplies together is maintaining them so they are safe to use when needed. Here are some tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition:

* Practice/maintain your plan and write a preparedness plan; stay tuned to the radio or television news or check the Internet often for information or official instruction as it becomes available; read further information about staying put, or sheltering in place.

Knowing about the local emergency plans for shelter and evacuation and local emergency contacts will help you develop your household plan and will also aid you during a crisis.

Learning what to do in different situations and developing, and customizing your plans for your local hazards, the locations frequented by members of your household and the specific needs of household members including animals, will help you reduce the impact of disasters and may save lives and prevent injuries.

For more tips, contact Lehisa de Fornoza at 272-3670, or email

Agronomy Field Day

The 2013 Agronomy Field Day will be held Aug. 16 in Manhattan at Kansas State University's Agronomy North Farm. This year's field day is titled "New Technologies for Crop Production."

The field day will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and wrap up at 2 p.m. There is no charge to attend, and a complimentary lunch will be available. Pre-registration is requested so that a lunch count can be made. To pre-register online, visit

The following sessions will be available:

* Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for crop scouting

* Using sUAS technologies for estimating crop yields and variety selection

* Utilizing optimal sensors for nutrient recommendations

* Drought stress research

* Heat stress research

* Greenhouse gas measurements and nutrient management

* Demonstrations and discussion on sUAS flights.

* Analyzing and interpreting images from sUAS technology.

* Field checking of optical sensors for crop nutrient status.

For more information, contact Lehisa de Fornoza at the Finney County Extension office at 272-3670, or email

Thank you fair supporters

The Kansas State Research and Extension Finney County Extension Office would like to thank the many volunteers who helped make the Finney County Fair a success this year. A volunteer (adult and youth) is someone who works for free for a community. By definition, a volunteer worker does not get paid. Every year, fair board members and community-minded citizens work to bring Finney County a fair to be proud of. The hours are long and the work is hard, all done without pay and sometimes without a thank you. Please know your work does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

There are citizens who are "behind the scenes" that help make up the fair and we would like to say thanks for your support. The fair board members strive to keep the community involved, such as the groups that take the money at the gate, help people with their exhibits and clean up the grounds. The Finney County Fairgrounds manager and maintenance crew, without your help we could not have the fair. Many different groups throughout the years have assisted the board in making things happen smoothly and it is appreciated very much.

To all of the sponsors, we would like to say thank you for award donations, sponsorships and helping us out when you can by your donations of items.