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September is National Preparedness Month!

Join Boulder ODM throughout the month of September to explore ways that you can boost your knowledge and skills during National Preparedness Month!

Looking for some quick tips on how to prepare? Check out a few ways you can engage:

  • Participate in one of our free events of workshops:
    • What’s Up Boulder?!
      • Sunday, September 10
      • 1pm – 3:30pm
      • Foothills Community Park – 800 Cherry Ave, Boulder
    • Disaster Preparedness Basics
      • Tuesday, September 12
      • 6pm – 7pm
      • Boulder Rural Fire Rescue – 6230 Lookout Road, Boulder
      • Register here!
    • Train-the-Trainer
      • Tuesday, September 26
      • 5pm – 8pm
      • Boulder Jewish Community Center – 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder
      • Register here!
    • Explore the Preparedness page of the Boulder ODM website.
    • View videos on a variety of preparedness topics that will be added throughout the month – from knowing your hazards, to assessing risk, emergency alert information, how to create a plan, and more!
    • Create your own plan using the Personal Risk Assessment and Creating a Plan documents available in our Resource Library.
    • Sign-up for emergency alerts through BOCO Alert, or use the ReachWell app!

Have you completed one or more of these steps?! Take the Preparedness Pledge!

Wildfire Resiliency in Our Community

In light of the devastating wildfires in Hawaii, emotions and concern may be elevated for our community. In the past two years, the following improvements have been made:

Wildfire detection and response – smoke detection cameras throughout the county allow first responders to identify potential fires earlier, decrease response time, and scale response appropriately based on wildfire conditions (like high winds, low humidity, and fuel moisture levels).

Streamlined alerting – upgrades to outdoor warning sirens, updated mapping capabilities, and additional alerting types (Wireless Emergency Alerts and ReachWell app).

Language access for emergency alerts – community members can use the ReachWell app to receive real time alert information in over 100 languages.

Evacuation planning – main evacuation roadways have been identified by first responders, and critical traffic control points along those routes have been identified to assist with the flow of traffic.

Planning and mitigation efforts – visit City of Boulder Community Wildfire Protection Planning, Boulder County Community Wildfire Protection Planning, Wildfire Partners, Boulder County Fireshed, or Grassland Management Map for additional information on planning and mitigation.

Community education – Boulder Office of Disaster Management offers preparedness workshops and educational handouts.

If you have additional questions please contact us!