“Don’t be dead. Use CodeRED” is the message that the 2013 class of Leadership Evergreen is sending out to the community.
New members of the organization are planning to be at several upcoming events to educate people about emergency notification services available to them.
The CodeRED program offered though Jefferson County allows the Sheriff’s Office to call residents to warn them of dangers such as wildland fires, tornadoes and other emergencies.
Smart911 lets Jeffco residents create a safety profiles for their households that include information that first responders might need in the event of an emergency.
While many residents have signed onto the notification systems, some are not signed up and might not be aware of this opportunity, said Lisa Hamm-Greenawalt, a member of Leadership Evergreen’s newest class.
To encourage people to sign up and provide them an opportunity to do so, Leadership Evergreen members have decided to take on this project, said Hamm-Greenawalt.
The first event that she and other Leadership Evergreen members are attending is the Summer Showcase Concert on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Evergreen Lake House.
As people enjoy music performed by Dakota Blond and Kort McCumber, they will also have the opportunity to become part of the emergency notification systems.
“We’re going to bring laptops,” Hamm-Greenawalt said.
Mark Hayes, another member of the 2013 class, pointed out that the information residents provide is confidential and protected.
"This is a worthy cause," Hayes said. "The more info that can be given to the fire department, the better they will be able to save lives."
Proceeds from the $10 tickets sold for the Aug. 21 concert, which is produced by John and Pandora Productions, will also benefit Evergreen Fire/Rescue and Evergreen Christian Outreach.
Leadership Evergreen representatives also will be present at other upcoming events, either distributing information or providing laptops for sign-up, Hamm-Greenawalt added. Events they are planning to attend include Bootstraps’ Western Winefest at El Pinal Rodeo Grounds on Saturday; the Evergreen Summer Concert Series featuring Tunisia at Evergreen Lake Park on Aug. 28; the Big Chili Cook-off at Evergreen Lake Park on Sept. 8; Evergreen Fire/Rescue Safety Day and Fall Carnival at Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park on Sept. 29; and Oktoberfest Evergreen at Evergreen Lake Park on Sept. 22.
This year's Leadership Evergreen class is also working on an interpretive signage project in which signs will be placed throughout the mountain community.
“We’re hoping to put up three to five signs,” said Hamm-Greenawalt.
Plans are to place informative signs at the top of Bergen Peak and at the buffalo overlook, as well as in other locations, she said.
"This is something that we really want to leave as a legacy to the community," said Hayes.
Hayes said that funding is being sought for the signs, which are estimated to cost from $1,200 to $2,500 each, depending on the design.
The signs may have three-dimensional features, which would allow people with visual disabilities to understand the topography of the area where they are.
Leadership Evergreen is a nonprofit organization that aims to connect people within the Evergreen area and surrounding mountain communities. Its year-long, module-structured program was created by Evergreen resident and publisher Linda Kirkpatrick to broaden community awareness, strengthen leadership and team-building skills, and cultivate the growth potential of the community, according to information on the website at www.leadershipevergreen.org.
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