GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)– After Monday night’s fire, the Grand Junction Police Department says they saw an increase in the number of residents signing up for emergency alerts.
Almost 400 people signed up to receive the emergency notification whether that be by email, text, or phone call.
GJPD say taking five minutes to sign up can not only save you time when a disaster strikes but it could save your life.
“If the wind picks up and goes this direction we better get out of here,” said resident and evacuee, Keith Fife.
He got the notification just after 8 p.m.
“We got a text email and a phone call, we saw a big plume of smoke and we started watching and it kept getting bigger,” said Fife.
He learned a quick click, can help you get out quick, when disaster strikes.
“We eventually got an evacuation notice and then we decided to spend the night at a friend’s,” said Fife.
You can sign up right on the Grand Junction City’s website.
“One of the biggest things is for people to sign up for the emergency alerts system,” said Ellis Thompson-Ellis, with the Grand Junction Fire Department.
That emergency alert system runs through the communications center.
“It’s a critical notification system that we use to provide public safety information to the public,” said Heidi Davidson with the Grand Junction Police Department.
You can set it to your needs and preferences.
“Police presence in the area, fires, like we saw last night, floods, severe weather, school closures, road closures,” said Davidson.
After the fire broke out on Rosevale Road, almost 400 new residents signed up for the alerts, bringing the total to more than 11,000 people.
“Sign up now, sign up today and have the security of knowing that if something visits your doorstep or your neighborhood you are already in line to get that critical public safety information when you need it most,” said Davidson.
Police say it’s important to keep your contact information up to date.
Anyone in Mesa County can sign up using the city’s website.