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Emergency Preparedness

To report an emergency, call 9-1-1.

On Aug. 20, 2020, Governor Jared Polis signed an Executive Order ordering temporary fire restrictions across the State to reduce the risk of new fires and protect health and safety. This Executive Order is in effect beginning at 9 a.m. on Aug. 20, and will remain in effect for thirty (30) days, unless extended further by Executive Order. Restrictions include certain outdoor fires, fireworks, and explosives. Read more details in the executive order.

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.

Make a Plan 

The City of Arvada has plans, protocols, and resources in place for community resilience; however, personal preparedness is the best way to ensure your safety during any type of emergency or unexpected shock.

Preparedness begins in the home. We encourage 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 can set an example by teaching kids the importance of having an emergency plan. Find tools and tips about how to make a plan and build a kit by visiting 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.

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.