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Ride Service for Seniors

 

Arapahoe County partners with Seniors’ Resource Center for ride service

Beginning July 1, Arapahoe County will partner with Seniors’ Resource Center to provide senior transportation services for residents 60 years and older. First Ride will no longer provide this service to Arapahoe County.

Seniors’ Resource Center will provide free transportation services to eligible seniors to support their independence by providing transportation to medical/dental appointments, grocery stores and to attend congregate noon meals, community-based care programs and food banks.

Vehicles are clearly marked with the Seniors’ Resource Center logo to help residents know when their ride has arrived. More than 400 individuals use Arapahoe County’s Senior Transportation Services, which provides about 11,000 trips each year.

The service is funded by Older Americans Act, State Funding for Seniors and Arapahoe County tax dollars. There is no fee for rides, however, donations are appreciated and encouraged to help serve more residents.

First Ride customers are encouraged to call SRC for their transportation services. To make a trip reservation, call 303-235-6972 between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and at least three business days in advance of when the ride is needed. When you call, please provide your name, pick-up address, drop-off address, time of appointment and emergency contact phone number.

For more information, please contact SRC at 303-235-6972.

Lightning Safety

 

There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.  Seek shelter    immediately.

 

• If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Be aware and don’t ignore the signs. Lightning can strike 10 miles from an approaching thunderstorm.

 

When you hear thunder, move immediately to a substantial building with electricity or plumbing, or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with the doors closed and windows up. Do not touch any metal in the vehicle. Small buildings without electricity or plumbing, e.g. sheds, dugouts, picnic shelters etc., are NOT safe shelters.

 

• It is recommended to stay inside at least 20-30 minutes after the last clap of    thunder is heard.

 

• Stay off corded phones, computers, appliances or other electrical equipment that is plugged into a wall outlet. Cell phones or cordless phones are safe to use.

 

Avoid plumbing, including sinks, showers and faucets.

 

• Stay away from windows, doors and covered porches and patios.

 

• Do not sit or lie on concrete floors or lean up against concrete walls.

 

If you are caught outside with no safe shelter:

 

• Immediately get off elevated areas.

 

• Leave an open field.

 

• Never lie flat on the ground.

 

• Never shelter under an isolated tree, cliff, or rock overhang.

 

• If you are near or in water, get out and away immediately.  Dry off if wet.

 

• Stay away from any metal object that can conduct electricity, i.e. fence, pole,    power lines, etc.

 

• If you are with a group of people, do not huddle up. Spread apart.

 

• If your hair is standing on end, take off running for the nearest shelter!

Text to 911

 

Texting to 911 has some very positive benefits, such as allowing the deaf and hard of hearing communities to communicate with 911 directly without a relay service or TTY/TDD device. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) is now able to receive texts to 911.  It is available through the four major wireless carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon);  to make sure you can use this feature, check with your cellular service provider. 

Here are some things you should know now that ACSO can receive your texts:

• If you can safely make a voice call to 911, please do that rather than texting. ACSO receives more information regarding your location and can gather pertinent information more quickly by talking directly to you.

• If you text 911 in an area the system is not ready (outside of Arapahoe County), you will receive an automatically generated “bounce-back” reply advising you that you need to contact 911 by voice call or other means.

• The 911 center will not charge you to text ACSO, but your service provider may. Make sure you know what your wireless plan includes as it pertains to texting and data usage.

Whether you text or call, 911 is an emergency number. Make sure to use this for emergencies only and not as a toy. Very similar to 911 receiving a prank voice call, prank texting is a serious problem and will tie up a 911 line and a dispatcher. This will take that 911 line and dispatcher away from someone who may need emergency services. Only call or text 911 when you have an emergency!

If you have any questions, please contact: 
Communications Manager Cathy Raley at 720-874-3960 or craley@arapahoegov.com
Communications Supervisor Nate Treusch at 720-874-3958 or ntreusch@arapahoegov.com

Text to 911 in Arapahoe County
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In Memoriam

 

Al Gibson, one of the founders of the Town of Foxfield, who served as its first mayor, passed away on June 5 in Roanoke, Virginia.  He was 87.  His son, Mark, lives in Foxfield.

 

Mr. Gibson's contributions to the formation of Foxfield will long be remembered and recorded in the history of the Town.

Colorado Bicycle & Byways Map

Click the link below for a CDOT map showing highways, scenic byways, bike paths, trails, rest areas and other items of interest along Colorado roadways.

The Heat is On Campaign

Colorado Cracks Down on DUIs, Especially in Work Zones

STATEWIDE- The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol (CSP) encourage all bar hoppers, concert goers, campers, backyard BBQ partiers, festival celebrators and everyone in between to plan ahead with a safe way to and from their activities.

 

CDOT is at the peak of its roadway construction season, with many overnight closures occurring in order to complete work with the least impact on motorists.  To keep CDOT crews safe, law enforcement will be heightening enforcement in areas leading up to work zones, for example at US 6 and I-25.

 

"We know many people are trying to maximize their fun at the end of the summer, but that's no excuse to act irresponsibly and drive impaired," said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.  "Planning ahead and having a sober driver, taking a Lyft or cab or using public transit will always be cheaper than risking driving impaired and dealing with the consequences of the DUI."

 

Last year's enforcement resulted in 1,321 DUI arrests.  Planning ahead is easy and always a better alternative than a $10,000 DUI and a ride to jail in a police vehicle.

 

The Heat Is On runs the entire year with 12 specific DUI enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events.  More details about the DUI enforcement plans and arrest results can be found at HeatIsOnColorado.com.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Drug Drop Box

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department now has a permanent Drug Drop Box Program that allows the public to safely dispose of unused prescription and OTC drugs.

 

The Drug Drop Box is located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters Building, 13101 East Broncos Parkway, Centennial, CO. It will be available to the public year-round during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), excluding holidays.

 

Please click on the link below for more information:

Arapahoe County Drug Drop Box Program
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Arapahoe County Crime Mapping Tool

Click here to learn about Arapahoe County's Crime Mapping online tool:

Crime Mapping
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