Poll: Emergency Management Coordinator on Doomsday Bill

Dave Coleman, Sheridan County Emergency Managment Coordinator
Dave Coleman, Sheridan County Emergency Managment Coordinator

Unless you accidentally locked yourself in your bomb shelter for the better part of the last two weeks you've probably heard about the now-dead Wyoming Doomsday bill.

This week's Bank of Sheridan/Sheridanmedia.com Poll Question asks whether or not you think it should have passed, if it had, allowing the state to study how it would deal with a national government collapse.

Sheridan doesn't really have the resources to deal with or even think in terms of national government failure, says Sheridan County Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Coleman. His office focuses on natural disasters, going on likelihood of things within their control.

The study would have cost the state just $16,000 of its $3.22 billion biennial budget, but parts of the plan non-financial may have caused some folks not to take it seriously.

He says there are a few other areas they prepare for locally.

No matter how far fetched, our state may have something going for it when it comes to being prepared. Wyoming lawmakers were able to insert more than $17 million into their “rainy day fund” in the budget they sent to Gov. Matt Mead for his approval. According to the Casper Star-Tribune, the total amount in that fund could hit $1.4 billion by summer 2014.

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