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Did you know that rabies is on the rise in Colorado? Did you know that your summer travels may take you to an area where Zika is a concern, and that it is possible to bring Zika back with you? Summer is the time when we tend to be outside with more exposure to animals that carry disease. Hantavirus, plague, and west nile virus are a few familiar animal-borne diseases. Rodents, insects, and mammals can carry many familiar and potentially serious illnesses, from hantavirus, to rabies, to west nile virus and more.  Know how to protect yourself with having your summer fun at the same time. Get more information here

If you live in an area where the wildfire risk is high, take steps now to prepare for fire season. This is especially important for the health of children, older adults, and people with heart or lung disease. Wildfire Smoke Factsheet.


Five Actions for Today to Prepare for Wildfire Season

LAKE CITY, CO., (May 25, 2018):  With our current forest conditions, please consider taking action immediately to prepare for wildfire season.  

1)    Keep track of any fire restrictions in your County or in any area you are traveling to (especially as it relates to outdoor recreational activities).  A Red Flag Warning is a forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service that conditions are perfect for wildland fire combustion, and rapid spread of a wildfire if one does start.  Stage 1 Fire Restrictions limit open fires, trash and agricultural burning, fireworks or explosives, and limit where cigarette smoking is allowed. 

2)    Take photographs of every room in your home to provide documentation for your home insurance carrier.  Email off these photographs to your agent. 

3)    Create a wildfire emergency evacuation kit.  Gather as many of these items as you can ahead of time and place them in an easy-to-identify bag or box in your home.  For those items you can’t pack ahead of time, consider putting a “Other Items to Take” list to post on the refrigerator so you do not have to think through what to take when a pre-evacuation or evacuation notice is issued.  Suggested items include:  3 days-worth of non-perishable food and 3 gallons of water per person; at least two days of change of clothing; extra eyeglasses or contact lenses; prescription medicine along with a printed copy of the prescription; extra car keys, credit cards, cash or checks; a first aid kit and flashlight; battery-powered radio and extra batteries; personal toiletry supplies; copies of important documents; pet food and water; cell phones and charges; and computer hard-drives.  If time allows, you may want to take easily carried valuables and family photographs (it may be helpful to scan and store off-site family photographs and documents).    

4)    Determine where you will evacuate to – in multiple directions if necessary – and communicate your plans to one out-of-area family member or friend.  Make sure your entire household and family and friends know who this one person is that you will be communicating with and write down this telephone number (don’t rely on cell phone contact information as cell phone services are often down or overloaded during an event).  Talk with your household and neighbors about what should happen during an evacuation.  Sign up for the local reverse 911 notifications (different counties use different systems).  Check your County’s website. 

5)    Find out how to improve the defensible space around your forested home and neighborhood and either do the work or hire a local contractor

RWEACT -- together with the Rio Grande National Forest and funded through the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Department of Local Affairs, and the Office of Emergency Management – works to promote partnerships and actions that provide for public safety and resiliency of communities and watersheds of the Rio Grande Basin of Colorado. More organizational information can be found at

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Get tips and examples to help you get yourself your family, your neighborhood, or your business ready for an emergency. 

A disaster kit can be relatively simple, or very elaborate.  Build a kit that meets the needs of your household and fits your budget.  What do you need in your kit? Check out these resources.  
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Linda Smith,
Dec 3, 2015, 3:10 PM