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CodeRED Emergency Notifications
CodeRED: Why We’re Calling You in an Emergency
In Jefferson County, the CodeRED emergency notification system allows us to call citizens to warn them of danger. With CodeRED, we can simultaneously call, text, or email, multiple phones within an area that we designate, to warn residents of flood, fire, tornadoes, chemical spills, or dangerous suspects. Within moments, calls reach the affected community to deliver warnings and critical safety instructions.
If you receive a CodeRED call, the voice on the line will let you know it’s a message from the Sheriff’s Office. Also, your caller ID should display our agency’s name and a call-back number. The CodeRED system works with all phones that have a TDD line (for the hearing impaired). If you have a telephone zapper used to block out telemarketers, or if your phone is blocked to unknown callers, you will not receive CodeRED calls.
Opt-In to CodeRED
Jefferson County residents and businesses can register their mobile phone numbers or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone numbers to receive emergency notifications. “Landline” phones are automatically included in the CodeRED database for each emergency agency.
CodeRED reaches numbers from two databases. One is the county’s 911 database, which contains all listed and unlisted land lines. If you have a land line, it is automatically included in this database. The second is a database of mobile phone and VoIP* numbers — established in 2009 — whose owners have opted in to receive the calls. If you don’t have a traditional land line phone, or would like to receive a text, email or cell phone call in addition to the call on your land line phone, consider registering for this free service. To register, visit the CodeRED phone registry .
While there are many Emergency Notification Myths, citizens find CodeRED to be a valuable emergency tool.
*Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, are “telephone” communications transmitted over the Internet, instead of traditional phone lines. If you have a “bundled” Internet/phone/TV service, you probably have a VoIP line.
DISCLAIMER: The CodeRED™ notification service (the “Service”) is provided as a supplemental emergency communication method and should not be relied upon exclusively. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office does not make any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, with regards to the Service, including without limitation, warranties about the accuracy, completeness, or delivery of any information posted or transmitted by the Authority through the CodeRED™ System. There is no guarantee that a notification will reach any particular resident upon activation. By providing the Service, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office does not assume a duty of care, nor do they waive any of the protections of the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (§ 24-10-101, et seq., C.R.S.). Neither the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, nor any of their affiliates, agents, contractors, or respective employees, shall be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, reliance, punitive, or consequential damages or for lost profits or revenues or lost data or costs of cover relating to the Service, regardless of the legal theory under which liability is asserted.
(the above information is from this website: http://jeffco.us/sheriff/emergencies/code-red/)
Homeowner’s Insurance information:
Insurance is something most people don’t even want to think about until they need it the most. But, understanding what is and isn’t covered in your homeowners insurance policy can mean the difference of being able to rebuild your home and replace your personal belongings. Homeowners need to do annual insurance policy “check ups” to make sure they keep up with local building costs, home remodeling and inventories of their personal belongings.
The typical homeowners insurance policy covers damage resulting from fire, windstorm, hail, water damage (excluding flooding), riots and explosion as well as other causes of loss, such as theft and the extra cost of living elsewhere which the structure is being repaired or rebuilt.
Wildfire is a growing threat in the Rocky Mountain Region, where the population is booming in the mountains and foothills. To help protect themselves and their property, homeowners need to be aware of the importance of mitigating wildfire hazards AND be aware of the insurance impact of living in high-risk areas.
Key areas for preparation- know your plan, prepare and then how to restore if disaster strikes.
Create a defensible space plan to obtain and retain the best insurance coverage at the best rate
Review your property policy with your insurance agent to make sure you are covered to completely rebuild/replace and have a place to live until you do so- review this annually
Visit www.KnowYourStuff.org to create a home inventory
Find knowledgeable, local insurance experts on the MMAR website directory.
Go Kits, Evac Prep, Local Fire Depts, HOA Communities become a Firewise community, Colorado Forest Service info, Mitigation tips, etc. (to be added).
Ready, Set, Go!
The Ready, Set, Go! Program is the result of a nationwide discussion on how to protect homes and lives in what the fire service calls the Wildland-Urban-Interface – where development meets natural vegetation – and the Ember Zone, an area where the wind driven ember fallout from a wildland fire can threaten property and lives. The program was developed for national roll out by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), with support from US Forest Service, US Fire Administration, Department of the Interior, Firewise and The Insurance Institute for Home Business Safety (IBHS).
Don’t let the first time you educate yourself on wildland fire be in the aftermath. Join with us and be a part of Ready, Set, Go! Ready, Set, Go! is designed to teach individuals how to best prepare themselves and their properties against nature’s threats, and how to be best prepared to evacuate.
The Ready, Set, Go! initiative is a three step process, or action plan, to prepare properties long before a fire is upon you; get set to depart from ones home; and to understand the role of evacuation in our area. The initiative significantly increases the safety of the homeowner and family. Not to mention, it allows the firefighters to best do their job of extinguishing the fire, thus increasing the chance of saving homes and loved ones.
For More information please go to: Colorado Project Wildfire