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Governors team up to help Western U.S. during extreme weather conditions

Helping states through extreme weather

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A partnership has been renewed to combat extreme weather conditions in the Western U.S.

Colorado has been through flood, wildfire, and drought, all of which cost the state millions.

The Western Governors' Association (WGA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) signed a memorandum of understanding. It's agreement to help the Western states in times of emergency. The agreement was renewed for five years

Roger Pulwarty works for the NOAA. He said the organization can help Colorado by providing data.

"We are working with the different offices the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Natural Resources Department on how best to use the climate information and weather information and making sure to reduce risk and highlight investments at ski areas and other recreational places that can be sustained," he said.

"We can dispatch those resources, those people, those assets and firefighting equipment assets to states like Colorado in the case of a fire and (when there is) need of them," South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard said.

Governors will be meeting until Wednesday.

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