Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility
Local governments are expected to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to a variety of potential emergency situations from severe weather to domestic terrorism. When an emergency occurs, they are ready to meet the critical needs of the community as a whole.
Individuals have a similar responsibility to take steps to ensure that they are prepared to care for the needs of their household during an emergency. Numerous actual emergencies have demonstrated that citizens who accept this important responsibility fare much better than those who do not. Personal preparedness also reduces or eliminates unnecessary burdens on emergency responders at a time when resources are already stretched to the limit.
Air quality information
What's causing the smoky haze in our area? Should I be concerned for my health? The following resources and maps will help you gauge air quality and precautions you should take to protect your health.
Questions to consider
- Do you and your family have a plan in case of emergency?
- Is your family prepared to cope with a disaster if you are called upon to assist in the disaster response?
- Have you planned evacuations?
- Do you have a family reunification plan if you are separated during an event?
- Do you have a communication plan that will work even if technology is unavailable?
- Do you have a survival cache only at your home or is it with you and accessible at all times?
- Are you able to assist your neighbors, if necessary?
Register for CodeRED, La Plata County's emergency notification system. Receive notifications via phone, text or email.
Be prepared to evacuate or shelter in place
The first few days following an emergency are often the most difficult. Loss of power, communications, and transportation resources can make it difficult or even impossible to obtain basic necessities. Many of these basic needs can be met by preparing and maintaining an emergency kit for your family and pets.
La Plata County Emergency Management
Durango Fire Protection District
InciWeb - Incident Information System
READYColorado - Colorado Hazard Information
Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
San Juan National Forest - Fire management and fire restrictions
Bureau of Land Management - Fire restrictions and information
National Weather Service - Grand Junction
Colorado Air Quality - Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
AirNow.gov - Air quality information
PurpleAir.com - Air quality information