2023 Water Run Off – Ready Set Go


  • Sign up for Nixle alerts. Emergency officials will use this system to share evacuation information with residents in affected areas. (Text your zip code to “888777” or sign up at nixle.com.)
  • Make a plan. Where will you go? How will you get there? How will you communicate with family members or friends?
  • Gather important documents- identification, insurance, financial and medical records, contact information, etc.
  • Pack an emergency “go kit” with supplies such as medications and medical supplies, cash, food, water, weather-appropriate clothing, flashlight and batteries, chargers for cell phones, and any necessary items that would be hard to replace.
  • Don’t forget to make a plan for pets or livestock.
  • If you may need assistance to evacuate, please contact the Montezuma County Office of Emergency Management (970-564-4137) before evacuation orders are given so that responders can plan to assist you.



  • Pack or move valuables to safe areas and protect family keepsakes.
  • Do what you can to secure your home and minimize damage.
  • Consider moving livestock or anything that might take time to move.



  • Evacuations protect lives. The purpose is to keep you, your family and your whole community safe.  When you evacuate, emergency responders can focus on protecting people and property in harm’s way.
  • Evacuation orders are not voluntary. There is no support, supplies or other resources available in evacuated areas.
  • Follow instructions for the safest evacuation route. Do not attempt to drive or walk across flooded areas.
  • Even if you already have a place to stay, check in at the evacuation center so that officials know how to notify you when it’s safe to return to your home.


For more information:

  • Sign up for Nixle alerts- text your zip code to “888777” or visit nixle.com.
  • Download the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office app
  • Information will be shared on Facebook. Follow Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office, Montezuma County Office of Emergency Management, Montezuma County Colorado and/or Dolores Volunteer Fire & Rescue.
  • Information boards will be set up in prominent Dolores locations and updated regularly.
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