Grand County first responders, others will hold Disaster Preparedness meeting on Saturday
July 17, 2008
A Disaster Preparedness Meeting will be held Saturday at Church of the Eternal Hills from 10 a.m. to noon. About 150 people attended the first emergency preparedness meeting on June 7 in Granby. Saturday’s meeting is meant to reach residents of east Grand County, though all citizens are encouraged to attend.
During the meeting, brief presentations will be made by local “first responders” such as police, fire and medical personnel about what to do in disaster situations like a catastrophic wildfire. Officials will provide information, give guidance on disaster preparedness, and answer questions.
The meeting will include presentations by the following groups: the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service, Grand County Division of Natural Resources, Fraser-Winter Park Police Department, American Red Cross, Grand County Sheriff’s Office, East Grand Fire District, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, the United Way and Grand County Public Health Nursing. Topics will include emergency information resources, beetle mitigation projects, disease outbreak planning, evacuation planning and special needs planning.
Meeting participants can learn more about the Grand County 211 Special Needs Registry, for individuals with special needs that could affect their ability to evacuate in an emergency situation. The registry is designed for residents who may need assistance due to breathing difficulties, vision and hearing impairment, special diet, mobility problems and other health-related issues.
Those individuals needing assistance in the case of emergency evacuations of the area can register any time by dialing 211 and asking for the Grand County Special Needs Registry. A trained operator will confidentially record the caller’s name, location and type of assistance that would be needed.
The Church of the Eternal Hills is one mile west of Tabernash off Hwy, 40. For more information, call Grand County OEM at 887-2732.