12 Months of Preparedness Tips

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When it comes to preparing you and your family for emergency events, the task can seem quite overwhelming: the lists, the supplies, the planning...it takes time, organization and commitment. To help make this task more manageable, we're sharing 12 months of preparedness tips with the goal of helping residents complete just one tip each month. By doing so, you will be better prepared to handle an emergency event by the end of the year. 

Each month we will share a new tip on this page as well as on our social media pages and County Roots newsletter.

Want to learn more about preparing for an emergency? Check out our Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Tip #1: Get Engaged! Sign up for alerts

Weld County uses a system called CodeRED for emergency alerts related to local public safety situations. CodeRED sends targeted messages to landlines and registered cell phone numbers within an area of the county impacted by the event. While landlines located in Weld County are automatically entered into the CodeRED system (because of an agreement with CenturyLink), the system does not know what cell phones are located in the county unless they are entered into the CodeRED database.

Registering is easy and it is free – so there really isn’t any excuse to not sign up. Go to www.weld911alert.com to create (or manage) your account. Create a username and password (which is only seen by you) and then enter cell phone numbers (you can add your entire family if you want) and addresses (home and business). You can also opt in to receive National Weather Service alerts through the CodeRED system – just check the box to indicate you want to receive those alerts. The process is simple, but if you have questions or need assistance, the Office of Emergency Management staff is happy to help (email gmarquez@weldgov.com or call 970-304-6540).

Emergency Alert Flyer(PDF, 394KB)


Tip #2: Make a Plan

The idea of planning for emergencies can seem like a daunting task, but a little thought and conversation can make getting started much easier. This month, our emergency preparedness tip focuses on how to begin thinking about emergency preparedness and features some simple tips to consider as you start making, or improving on, emergency plans for yourself or your family. 

Make a Plan Flyer(PDF, 768KB)


Tip #3: Gather and Copy Important Documents

What would you do if your important documents were destroyed in a disaster? Give yourself some piece of mind by ensuring you can always access these no matter what happens to your home or business. 

Gather your documents(PDF, 159KB)


Tip #4: Understand your insurance

This month review your insurance policy and make sure you have the coverage you need to recover from a disaster. What requirements does your policy have for submitting a claim with appropriate documentation? We'll walk you through a few tips to get you thinking about what you need to pull together now so you can recover quickly after a disaster.

Understand your insurance.(PDF, 466KB)


Tip #5: Understand Emergency Notification and Response Terminology

We’ve likely all seen the words advisory, watch or warning scroll across our television screens or appear in cellphone notifications during severe weather. But what do they mean? In this month’s emergency preparedness tip, we break down some of the more common severe weather terms and identify what action is required with each.

Understanding the terminology(PDF, 477KB)


Tip #6: Thinking through your disaster supply kit

June's emergency preparedness tip focuses on how to remain safe and comfortable for at least 72 hours following an emergency by helping you think through what to include in disaster supply kits. Disaster supply kits should be designed to help you, your family and your pets meet basic needs, and they can be a big help in keeping you safe and comfortable. View our June flyer here.(PDF, 589KB)



Tip #7: Livestock

Agriculture and livestock represent a way of life in Weld County. While it's likely that many of our county's farmers and ranchers already have plans in place to protect their animals, we wanted to provide a few reminders and things to consider to lessen the negative impact of emergencies on livestock. View our tips by clicking here.(PDF, 589KB)



Tip #8: Hazardous Materials

When preparing for emergencies, it’s easy to plan for situations you’ve seen or been personally affected by. However, the task becomes much more difficult when thinking about how to prepare for less common events you never expect. A hazardous materials incident could occur causing, among other things, you to shelter-in-place, evacuate or use alternative water sources. Read more about tips for handling a hazardous materials incident here.(PDF, 408KB)

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Tip #9: Financial Preparedness

Financial preparedness. While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when preparing for emergencies, it can be a key element in helping you following an emergency event. However, the concept revolves around more than just the amount of money you've set aside. Having copies of important documents and phone numbers along with understanding insurance policies is also important. 


WC-Emergency-Alert-Flyer-090522_Financial-Preparedness_JF.pdf(PDF, 1MB)

Tip # 10: Car Prep for Winter Weather

Now is the perfect time to prepare your car, and yourself for winter driving. Our emergency prep tip for October provides information on what to remember when driving on snow packed roads as well as what supplies to have in your car to keep you safe if you get stranded.

WC-Emergency-Alert-Flyer-100322_Car-prep-for-emergencies_JF.pdf(PDF, 559KB)


Tip #11: Recovery

In November’s emergency preparedness tip, we show you a few things to consider that can help lessen the stress you feel following an emergency as well as some steps to take that can help in the process to replace damaged property. 


WC-Emergency-Alert-Flyer-103122_Recovery_JF.pdf(PDF, 984KB)

Tip #12: Maintain Preparedness

For the past 11 months, we've provided tips centered around breaking down the big concept of emergency preparedness into smaller, more manageable tasks that have hopefully made you and your family more prepared. In our final tip, learn about important steps you can take to keep your emergency plans updated and ready to use in an emergency. 

WC-Emergency-Alert-Flyer-112822_Update-and-maintain_JF.pdf(PDF, 999KB)