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Grand County fire ban still in place

Due to extreme fire conditions in Grand County, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand County government and towns in Grand County have enacted fire restrictions and bans. Violators can be ticketed.

Basic restrictions on both private and public property are:

• No fireworks of any kind



• No open burning, including campfires, warming fires, bonfires, fires in pits or barrels, fires in chimineas. No charcoal grill fires. No slash burning or wood fires.

• No smoking outdoors (cigars, cigarrettes, pipes should only be smoked inside vehicles or private buildings)



• No use of explosives, tracers or incendiary ammunition

There are several ways to stay informed in the event of an emergency:

Sign up for emergency notification

Code Red sends people emergency information via cell phones. This service is tailored for those who do not have land lines. Those who have both a land line and cell phone can also sign up for the service.

Registering one’s information to receive notifications about an emergency close to home on a cell phone is necessary, but easy. Go to gcemergency.com and click on the link in red letters under “Code Red” information. Then on the Code Red page, fill out the information about where you live and your cell phone number(s). Code Red will ask you to pinpoint on a map the location of your home for greatest accuracy. Then Code Red will alert you via cell phone if there is an emergency near your place of residence.

For those who are Internet-challenged, call the Grand County Office of Emergency Management at 970-887-2732 and someone there will help sign you up over the telephone.

Code Red Mobile Alert app

This free new app alerts a cell phone user if there is an emergency near where the person is located, which differs from the Code Red registration that notifies cell phone users of emergencies near their homes. The Code Red company calls the app “geo-aware” – even if one is miles from home, the app will let you know if there is a disaster happening near where you and your phone are located at that moment.

In other words, you only receive a message if the city or county of your current location authorizes and sends a message. Users should make sure they turn on the “location services” under “Settings” on their smart phones to ensure the Code Red app functions properly by knowing where you are located. Because the two Code Red services – the app and the online version – differ in the location of emergencies they warn you about, users should download and sign up for both.

2-1-1

This could be considered a support system available to anyone. The 2-1-1 system provides community members connections to all kinds of services, such as answers about clothing, food, rent, shelter, support groups, and volunteerism, and is administered by the United Way of Larimer County.

Before a major Grand County emergency, anyone who may need extra assistance – whether temporary or permanent – should register with 2-1-1. This could be a single mother who may need help during an evacuation, it could be a person who relies on oxygen and needs help in an emergency, it could be a person or family who doesn’t own a vehicle and needs help if there is an evacuation, or it could be a person who has an injury such as a broken leg, which would limit him or her from taking necessary steps to get to safety. It could be an elderly person or couple, or someone who is hearing impaired. The service 2-1-1 would arrange with other services in the community to prepare for incidents when such people may need extra assistance.

Also, 2-1-1 would be the place to call for emergency information if one does not have access to the Internet during an emergency, and it would also be the place accepting calls from individuals who want to make donations to a disaster area during an emergency. The intention of this number would be a resource to free up unnecessary calls to 911 dispatch or the Grand County EMS when they are busy attending to the emergency, according to Nowell Curran of Grand County EMS.

Land line emergency notification

The emergency notification system using 911 is the system that notifies land-line telephone users of an emergency taking place close to home.

The dispatcher would notify all homeowners within a certain radius of a location, regardless of the telephone company homeowners are contracted with within that zone.


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