Be Prepared

Make a Plan

Fail to plan? Plan to fail.  Failure is costly during emergencies. At its most basic level, being prepared means having a solid plan and access to the resources necessary to execute that plan. It’s also about peace of mind.  Because when communities, families, and individuals are prepared, the fear, anxiety and loss that accompany a disaster are greatly reduced.  READYColorado encourages every person to develop a plan for responding to disasters and to have well-stocked emergency kits at home, in the car and at work.

General Plans

Plans for People with Disabilities

Stay Informed

Know what’s going on in your area!  To best stay informed before, during and after a disaster, you are encouraged to monitor a number of information sources.

  • Sign up for emergency alerts.  You can do this by going to the county website in which you live. 
  • Visit local emergency services websites.
  • Listen for warning sirens.
  • Watch the local news.
  • Visit, developed and maintained by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, for a list of local emergency management websites, emails and sms/txt alert systems in Colorado. In participating counties, you can follow the “alerts” link next to each of the identified counties to register for and begin receiving emergency alerts in that area. Check for non-emergency contact information as well.
  • Follow @COEmergency on Twitter
  • You can also receive news, preparedness, response, and partner information direct from the Colorado Division of Emergency Management via sms/text by texting “follow coemergency” to 40404. You must have a capable phone and an applicable data plan from your service provider.
  • National Weather Service
  • The Weather Channel
  • Emergency Alert System
  • National Terrorism Advisory System

Get Involved

Volunteers are the backbone of Colorado’s preparedness plan, so step up and help.

Learn new skills to assist others during a disaster.  Help others impacted by disasters by donating money to - or your favorite charity.