When there is an emergency, there may not be time to prepare. These do-ahead actions can make a big difference when minutes count:
- Make sure driveway entrances and your house number are clearly marked. Reflective house numbers that can be seen by approaching emergency vehicles are recommended.
- Know where your gas, electric and water main shut-off controls are and how to use them.
- Create a family emergency plan, including a meeting place should an evacuation become necessary. Establish a contact point from which to communicate with each other and concerned relatives.
- Talk to your neighbors about safety concerns and how the neighborhood could work together before and during a community or personal emergency. This could include help with pets, children or disabled or elderly family members.
- Sign up for CodeRED, the reverse 911 system used to contact residents in a dangerous situation or emergency, including during an evacuation. Your landline is automatically registered unless it is VoIP. You can also register cell phones and email addresses.
- Include the Jefferson County Sheriff emergency blog, in your browser’s favorites list for ready access. The blog is only activated during an emergency, but you will find a link to the Jeffco sheriff twitter account that may have the information you are looking for.
- Because wildfire emergencies are a particular concern in Genesee, see a list of recommended advance actions to be prepared for a possible evacuation due to wildfire.
- Jefferson County Emergency Preparedness Guide has practical information about how families can prepare for most emergencies, e.g. floods, weather events (including extreme cold and heat), fire, wildfire, hazardous material incidents, national security and bomb threats, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks. This guide can be downloaded of you can pick up a copy at the Genesee Foundation office.
- The Red Cross Wild Fire Safety Checklist has helpful information about preparing, what to do in the event of a wildfire, and returning home after a wildfire.
- The Department of Homeland Security provides pertinent information regarding wildfire, home fire, hazardous weather, cybersecurity, active shooter and more.