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Washington, D.C. – Laramie County is among the top six areas of the country when it comes to emergency communication systems, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., helped the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Public Safety Communication Commission and other agencies obtain federal emergency preparedness funding. He said the report is a nice accolade.

"The key to improving public security and safety is not only how much money you dedicate to this purpose, but how you spend that money. Wyoming is putting its resources to good use. This report is a nice accolade, but I’m sure Wyoming authorities are not going to stop there," Enzi said. "What really counts is the practical application of this system and I know Wyoming’s emergency personnel are hard at work ensuring that we have a system that works as it was designed. I know they have their sights set on further expansion and improvement of emergency communications, which helps us to make areas of our remote state ones that aren’t out of help’s reach."

In addition to Laramie County, the DHS’s best ratings went to the Washington, D.C., area; San Diego, Calif.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; Columbus, Ohio and Sioux Falls, S.D. The DHS report can be accessed at www.dhs.gov.