Emergency Preparedness

Whether natural or man-made, being prepared for any circumstance can help reduce injury and property damage, and even save lives. This information is designed to provide  helpful tips and information so you are prepared in the case of an emergency or disaster so you can respond quickly, which in many cases may minimize the disruption to your life and that of your family.  Please note the sections for individuals with special needs who are at greater risk without help and support. In addition, evacuation and/or securing pets and livestock takes time and resources so planning ahead is critical. Stockpiling supplies and identifying transportation and care for animals in preparation of a disaster can help quickly move all persons and animals out of harm’s way.     

A note from the City of Wheat Ridge Emergency Manager:

The State and Jefferson County Public Health continue to practice vigilance to reduce the risk of Coronavirus/COVID-19. Vaccinations are more readily available and community members are encouraged to check websites for locations and to secure an appointment. The county mask order is expected to be reissued on May 6 as the previous order expires. For more information please refer to the following resources:  Jefferson County Public Health, the Colorado Division of Public Health and Environment, and the CDCThese organizations are sharing updates regularly. 

Spring in Colorado also requires that we shift our attention to the risk of spring floods. Last year's wildfires have created increased risk for some communities as the scorched soil will not retain water and those areas could experience washouts into homes and onto roadways. Keep an eye out for Flood Watches and Warnings when the weather calls for rain accumulation and avoid roadways where creeks have overflowed. Turn around if you find high water on the road or areas where bridges have become flooded. Attempting to drive through rushing water can put you at risk of being swept away. 

If you plan to enjoy kayaking or other water sports, check the weather. Winds come up quickly on even our smaller ponds and lakes. For your safety, wear a Personal Flotation Device if paddle boarding or boating on Colorado waterways. Consider also providing one for your pet. If you are far from shore could they manage to swim to safety if they go overboard or if you are incapacitated? Spring runoff from melting snow also increases water levels and how fast the current is running. Check local conditions to ensure rivers are safe for water sports, key an especially sharp eye on small children, and keep pets on a leash. If they accidentally fall in they could easily be swept downstream. More information about flooding

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Thank you,

Commander Shellie Salser


Emergency Notices are sent by local emergency managers and law enforcement through a variety of methods to include telephone notification. However, if those who no longer have a landline won’t receive those notification unless registratration has been completed for cell phone numbers with CodeRed. To sign up for CodeRed click here.


Smart 911 is another service that offers additional information to first responders about medical conditions, medication allergies, and any special health needs. Cell phones can be registered and associated with home address which is helpful if the caller can’t speak or doesn’t know their address. This information shows up for the call-taker when they call 911 from a registered phone. To sign up for Smart911 click here.

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National Terrorism Advisory System Implementation NTASlogo

Press Release
April 20, 2011
Contact: DHS Press Office, (202) 282-8010


NEW YORK—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today will announce the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)—a robust terrorism advisory system that provides timely information to the public about credible terrorist threats and replaces the former color-coded alert system.

As part of today’s announcement, Secretary Napolitano will release a public guide outlining the new system to the American public, along with an example of an NTAS Alert that would be issued to the public if the government were to receive information about a specific or credible terrorist threat.

"The terrorist threat facing our country has evolved significantly over the past ten years, and in today’s environment – more than ever – we know that the best security strategy is one that counts on the American public as a key partner in securing our country," said Secretary Napolitano. "The National Terrorism Advisory System, which was developed in close collaboration with our federal, state, local, tribal and private sector partners, will provide the American public with information about credible threats so that they can better protect themselves, their families, and their communities."

Under NTAS, DHS will coordinate with other federal entities to issue detailed alerts to the public when the federal government receives information about a credible terrorist threat.

NTAS alerts provide a concise summary of the potential threat including geographic region, mode of transportation, or critical infrastructure potentially affected by the threat, actions being taken to ensure public safety, as well as recommended steps that individuals, communities, business and governments can take to help prevent, mitigate or respond to a threat. NTAS Alerts will include a clear statement on the nature of the threat, which will be defined in one of two ways:

  •  "Elevated Threat": Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States
  • "Imminent Threat": Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States 

Depending on the nature of the threat, alerts may be sent to law enforcement, distributed to affected areas of the private sector, or issued more broadly to the public through both official and social media channels—including a designated DHS webpage (www.dhs.gov/alerts), Facebook, and via Twitter @NTASAlerts. NTAS alerts and posters will also be displayed in places such as transit hubs, airports and government buildings.

NTAS threat alerts will be issued for a specific time period and will automatically expire. Alerts may be extended if new information becomes available or as a specific threat evolves.

On Jan. 27, Secretary Napolitano announced the new NTAS system during her "State of America’s Homeland Security" address—kicking off the 90-day transition period with state and local governments, law enforcement, private and non-profit sector partners, airports, and other transportation hubs. In July 2009, Secretary Napolitano formed a bipartisan task force of security experts, state and local elected and law enforcement officials, and other key stakeholders to assess the effectiveness of the color-coded alert system. The results of this assessment formed the basis of NTAS.

DHS encourages citizens to follow NTAS Alerts for information about threats and take an active role in security by reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement authorities through the "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign.

For more information on the National Terrorism Advisory System or to receive NTAS alerts, visit www.dhs.gov/alerts.