September is National Preparedness Month!
National Preparedness Month is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and other emergencies that could happen at any time. For 2023, we'll share weekly tips to help you and your family prepare for whatever comes next. For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit www.ready.gov/September, follow our social media posts, and check back here for weekly updates.
For Week 1 of National Preparedness Month, we're encouraging you to create an emergency plan that will work for your family. Below, you will find links to different templates you can use to help you get started
- Emergency Plan Template - American Red Cross
- Emergency Plan Template in Spanish - American Red Cross
- Tips to Help You Write Your Plan - American Red Cross
- Emergency Plan Template - Ready.gov
Now is a great time to build an emergency kit for your home, car, and workplace. Below, you will find checklists to help you create an emergency kit for different areas of your life. These are guides to help you get started. As you begin to build your emergency kit(s), think about the unique needs you and your family may have. There may be some things you or your family members need to survive that aren't listed on these checklists. Once you build you kit, make sure you maintain it and replace expired items as needed.
- Emergency Kit Checklist - Ready.gov
- Emergency Kit Checklist - American Red Cross
- Emergency Kit for your Vehicle
- Emergency Kit for your Pet
- Emergency Kit for your Workplace
Are you interested in preparedness but don't have extra funds available right now? We put together some great tips to help you get started, with little or no costs to you! We encourage you to reach out to different agencies in Routt County that may have resources to help you out, such as the Routt County Wildfire Mitigation Council, the local Colorado State Forest Service office, and your local fire district for assistance with wildfire mitigation and preparation. You should also make sure you are signed up for Routt County Alerts, which is the quickest way we can reach you during an emergency. Visit the links below for even more tips, and if you're looking for some preparedness training, think about joining Routt County CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team!
- Tips from Ready.gov: Low- and no-cost preparedness
- Register for Routt County Alerts
- Additional tips from Innovative Emergency Management
- Older Adults Preparedness Checklist
- Older Adults Preparedness Booklet
- Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
- Do1Thing - Unique Family Needs
- Ready.gov - Preparedness for Kids and Teens
- Prepare your Pets for Disasters
- Family Preparedness from the CDC
- Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Check out these other great resources if you're looking to get a head start on preparing for disasters and other emergencies!
General Preparedness Resources
- Register for Routt County Alerts
- Make an Emergency Plan!
- Create an Emergency Plan with the American Red Cross
- Ready, Set, Go!
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - Emergency Preparedness and Response
- COTrip - Check road conditions before you go!
- 12 Ways to Prepare
- 12 Maneras de Prepararse
- FEMA Guide to Alerts and Warnings
- FEMA Hazard Information Fact Sheets
Hazard-Specific Preparedness Resources
These resources can be used to help guide your own personal preparedness.
- Natural disasters such as wildfires and floods can damage asbestos-containing materials and lead to asbestos exposure among first responders, cleanup crews and nearby residents. Learn how to prevent asbestos exposure when preparing for and cleaning up after a natural disaster.
- Carbon Monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. Breathing in high levels of carbon monoxide can be fatal. Learn now to protect yourself and your family from this unseen hazard.
- Domestic Terrorism
- The Office of Emergency Management encourages Routt County citizens to be especially vigilant. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement officials at once. The American Red Cross offers these additional tips.
- Heat Safety
- It is never safe to leave children, pets, or people with certain disabilities or other access and functional needs in a locked vehicle. Learn more about heat safety in vehicles from the National Weather Service.
- Learn more about Heat Safety on our Severe Weather page
- Power Outages
- Power outages can impact the whole community. People with electricity-dependent medical equipment, young children, and elderly adults may be especially prone to negative impacts from a power outage. Extreme heat or cold can increase the impacts of a power outage. Check out this guide to learn more about preparing for a power outage.
- Pet and Livestock Preparedness- We know your pets are an important part of your family. Learn what you can do to prepare your pet for emergencies.
- Severe Weather
- Winter Weather