master the disaster

By Jim Stanford on April 21, 2011

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Watching the scenes of devastation from last month’s tsunami in Japan, it was hard not to think of Wilson, Wyo., if Jackson Lake Dam were to give way.

When the big quake comes, Jackson Hole residents will be better prepared than most to handle the fallout, with elk for food, wood for fuel and just about every piece of camping and outdoor equipment known to man. Best prepared of all might be the Yin-Yang Ranch in Wilson, where proprietors Diane Benefiel, an EMT, and husband Keith are veterans of Search and Rescue.

Diane, who also survived swine flu last year, has organized today’s Disaster Awareness Night at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse. A litany of emergency service providers will be on hand to share tips so that when disaster strikes, residents will be ready. As Diane and co-organizer Rich Ochs, Teton County Emergency Management coordinator, point out, when the big one comes, it won’t be a rescuer giving you a hand up out of the rubble; it will be a neighbor.

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  1. diane April 22, 2011 11:21 am

    Thanks for boost Jim! We’re putting the final touches on the Yin Yang disaster kit as I write. Diane

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