It’s still fire weather season in Colorado. The fastest way to get information if a fire is near you may be your county’s reverse 911 system. These notification systems have many names including Reverse 911, CodeRed, Everbridge and FirstCall. Many people assume that they will be automatically registered for their county’s reverse notification system, but this is not always the case.
What can you do to make sure you are signed up to receive these crucial alerts? A good first step is to go to www.readycolorado.com/register. This page contains links to each county’s reverse notification sign up page. The sign-up process is very simple and can be done in a matter of minutes. It is a good idea to register both your cell and landline phones to provide yourself with a backup in case one of the systems is down. Registering your cellphone will also allow you to get an emergency message if you are not home. You may even want to consider signing up for alerts for multiple counties if you spend time or work in a county other than your home county. Since your reverse notification information is logged by your address, make sure to update your information if your address changes.
When signing up for reverse notifications, it’s also a good idea to sign up for multiple notification options. Generally, you are able to receive notifications by text, email and voice. Signing up for more than one option will allow you receive notifications even if one system is not working (for example, if phone lines are overwhelmed, you may still receive text or email alerts).
Reverse notifications are not just for your home. If you are a business owner, it’s also a good idea to register your business number and address. This will ensure that you get notifications at home and at work and is especially useful if your business is in a different county from your home.
Reverse notifications are a great tool, but should not be your only source of emergency information. You should also make sure to have a battery-operated radio and monitor whatever media sources you use most frequently (such as TV or the Internet).
Signing up for reverse notifications is one of the easiest preparedness steps you can take. Take a minute and sign up today!