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Emergency Preparedness

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To report an emergency, call 9-1-1.

September is National Preparedness Month recognized each year to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared."  Link to the resources listed on this page to make sure you and your family are prepared! To help make your neighborhood and community more resilient, visit

The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with a disaster by planning ahead. Here are three ways you can take charge.

Get Involved 

Be active in making Arvada a resilient community. Donate blood, make emergency plans or a talent bank with your neighbors, volunteer by joining our local  American Red Cross United Way or Arvada CERT -- these are all great ways to get involved and make a difference.

Make a Plan 

Preparedness begins in the home.  READYColorado encourages every person to develop a plan for responding to disasters. This includes having a well-stocked emergency kit at home, in the car, and at work. Parents, you can set an example by teaching kids the importance of having an emergency plan. And don't forget your pets!

Stay Informed 

Be aware of emergencies in your area by using Code RED.  Sign up for Code RED emergency alerts. There are many ways that authorities share emergency warnings, updates, and safety instructions. Take steps now to make sure you’ll get the information you need when an emergency happens. Visit for suggestions.