A clear message is being sent to residents Basin wide: Prepare NOW for spring runoff flooding. Snowfall received so far this winter is over 200 percent what is considered normal for snowpack and emergency response leaders throughout the Basin are working with local businesses to ensure the public can purchase all the supplies they will need to prepare to protect their own homes and property. “You must plan for that which is your own responsibility,” shares Uintah County Emergency Manager Tal Ehlers. “When we have a no-notice event, like the rain storm back in September, the counties help the community as much as possible. However, in this circumstance where there is weeks and months of notice, we are encouraging the public to prepare and be responsible for their own properties.” County resources will be saved for protecting any county infrastructure, continues Ehlers. Local hardware, home improvement, farm, tractor and ranch supply businesses are on board and ordering in extra supplies for residents to begin preparing. All Basin residents are urged to take advantage of the time to prepare now to avoid disaster later.