Multiple ways to stay informed in case of major fires

Recent fires in Colorado bring home the need to stay informed and stay connected in cases of emergency. Larimer County reminds citizens that there are multiple ways to stay informed.

Larimer County’s web site, the Virtual Courthouse, offers a free email subscription to receive emergency notifications. Currently 3,112 citizens are signed up to receive email emergency notification updates from Larimer County Emergency Management Manager Erik Nilsson. You can sign up at www.larimer.org/subscriptions.cfm and check ‘emergency notification updates’ or go to the Emergency Information page at: www.larimer.org/emergency/ and subscribe there.

Larimer County, in partnership with United Way of Larimer County, has a “Special Needs Registry.” This is a database of individuals in Larimer County who have special needs and may require assistance in an emergency. The database has important information about those signed up for the assisting emergency personnel. Participation in the Special Needs Registry is voluntary. To sign up for the registry just go to: www.larimer.org/apps/specialneeds/

Sometimes emergency phone calls need to go out for evacuations and other notifications. If you have a traditional land line, it is in the system. If you don’t have a land line you can still register your cell phone, business phone, get a text message or an email. This is a free service the sheriff’s office uses to notify citizens in a specific area of impending dangers. The enhanced emergency notification system is available through the Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority, LETA. You can register free at www.leta911.org.

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