Officials urge Grand County residents to attend disaster preparedness meeting Saturday |

Officials urge Grand County residents to attend disaster preparedness meeting Saturday

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The potential for catastrophic wildfires in Grand County this summer is prompting local officials to hold a Countywide Disaster Preparedness Meeting on Saturday in Granby.

Sponsored by the Grand County Council on Aging, the meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon in the Middle Park High School auditorium. All citizens are encouraged to attend.

At Saturday’s meeting, representatives from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), Red Cross, Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Grand County commissioners, local fire department chiefs, Kremmling Memorial Hospital, Grand County Rural Health, and town mayors and chamber of commerce members will be attending.

One of the purposes of Saturday’s meeting is to help develop a Grand County Evacuation Plan to be implemented in case of a local disaster such as a catastrophic wildfire.

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. They also plan to hand out materials and first-aid items, give guidance on disaster preparedness and answer the public’s questions.

Also at Saturday’s meeting, participants can learn more about the Grand County Special Needs Registry. It is for those individuals with special needs that could affect their ability to evacuate in an emergency situation.

The Grand County Special Needs 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.

All information recorded for the Grand County Special Needs Registry will be stored under strict security in the Grand County Office of Emergency Management and used only in the event of an emergency.

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