The Library joins agencies and organizations across the country by participating in National Preparedness Month this September! Let’s take a close look at our level of readiness and find out what to do when disasters or emergencies arise.

Throughout the month, we’ll be prepping with great projects in the Makerspace. Try one of our Pill Bottle Survival Kit classes, where we’ll pack fifteen items into an old pill bottle and discuss how each item can be used to survive in the wilderness. Or, check out our Paracord Survival Bracelet classes, where we’ll weave a fashionable bracelet that includes a whistle, fire-starter, and compass clasp. Choose from a variety of fun patterns!

On Tuesday, September 19, join us for our next Living Room Conversation in person or on Zoom, presented with the Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership. We’ll be discussing resilience and our ability to withstand and adapt to challenges, shocks, and disruptions during uncertain times. Share your perspectives with your neighbors!

Ever heard of ARES, or Amateur Radio Emergency Services? Commonly referred to as Hams, amateur radio operators use their training, skills, and equipment to provide communications through emergencies. Hear from the Estes Valley Amateur Radio Club, the Red Cross, and Larimer County Office of Emergency Management on Friday, September 22 as they discuss how emergency services communicate “when all else fails.” 

Little readers can join in on the fun with their own Red Cross Storytime. On Saturday, September 23, we’ll read Prepare with Pedro to learn how Pedro the Penguin preps for emergencies that can occur at home. Attendees will receive their own storybook.

How about some light-hearted emergency preparation? On Wednesday, September 27, we’re hosting a virtual reality zombie party. Patrons ages 9 and up are invited to try one of our Oculus VR headsets to see how you’d fare in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi world! 

Be seen and stay safe: Next time you visit the Library, ask a staff member about a free reflective armband to be worn while biking or walking around town. This high visibility accessory will come in handy as the days get shorter.

While you’re in the building, we can help you register for NOCO Alerts with Larimer County or Boulder County Office of Emergency Management. Click here for full details, tips, and tricks about registering for alerts and/or updating your alert preferences.

Spend some time thinking and planning ahead this September! Together, we can be prepped for anything that comes our way. View the full September calendar of events here and let’s get preppin’!