Craig briefs: Parent Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday

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Parents of high school students who want to stay involved with the Moffat County School District have an opportunity to do so at 6 p.m. Monday at Moffat County High School.

Moffat County students out of school Oct. 11, 14

Moffat County School District students will have a four-day weekend next week as they do not have to attend school Oct. 11 and 14 because of teacher in-service and training day.

Various ways to vote this election year

Voters will be casting their ballots for the Nov. 5 election by mail, according to a press release from Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod, but in-person voting still is an option on Election Day.

House Bill 13-1303 requires counties to conduct all general, primary, odd-year, coordinated, presidential, special legislative, recall and congressional vacancy elections as mail ballot elections.

More than 70 percent of Moffat County voters cast their ballots early or by mail in the last election, Herod said in the release. Many voters get confused about when they will or will not automatically receive their mail ballots. This new legislation simplifies and clarifies the voting process — every active voter gets a mail ballot, but he or she still has options about how to vote. Voters can mail back the ballot, drop it off, vote in person during early voting or vote on Election Day.

The Voter Service and Polling Center is located at the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. A 24-hour ballot drop box is available at the east entrance of the courthouse. At the center, eligible voters will receive services for registration, replacement ballots, voting issues and voting in person. Voters also will have expanded options for registration. Every eligible citizen is able to register to vote through Election Day.

Early voting runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 through Nov. 2 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Election Day hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ballots will be mailed Oct. 15 to all active voters. Voters must return their ballots by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Call the Election Office with questions at 970-824-9120.

County seeks to address families’ unmet needs

The Moffat County Collaborative Council for Children and Families is seeking input from parents to identify the community’s unmet needs for children and families.

The mission of the council is to improve the safety and well-being of Moffat County children and families through collaboration and education with families, the community and stakeholders.

Parents can access the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/mocofamilies. Participants are asked to complete only one survey per family. Input from spouses and children is encouraged.

CDOT: Watch out for wildlife crossings

The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to watch out for wildlife crossing roadways, especially at night. CDOT is asking people to stay alert and follow the roadside reminders to slow down at night in specifically designated wildlife corridors. It’s up to motorists this summer to do what CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and numerous other agencies always have recommended and wildlife advocates.

Red Cross checklist for disaster preparedness

September was National Preparedness Month. What’s your disaster game plan?

The American Red Cross provides the following checklist is to help residents prepare for a potential disaster.

Access and log critical information: Make sure you have access to critical data in time of emergency.

■ Register on www.readycolorado.com, where you can create, edit and save your emergency plan throughout the month and access it anywhere securely.

■ Locate and make sure you have copies of all of your important documents. Save a digital copy on a flash drive or on a secure remote e-server.

■ Sign up for emergency alerts from your local emergency agency and download Red Cross apps for your smartphone at www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.

Stay connected: It’s essential to stay in touch with loved ones when a disaster strikes. Are you ready?

■ Establish an out-of-town emergency contact.

■ Discuss with loved ones how you’ll communicate with one another during a disaster.

■ Set up the automatic “I’m Safe” feature in your Red Cross app to notify loved ones with one touch.

Shelter in place: Make sure you have a plan and resources to be self-sufficient in case a disaster closes roads, businesses and services.

■ Build a 72-hour kit. Advice for what to include can be found at www.redcross.org/prepare.

■ Get an emergency radio so you can stay updated if the power is out.

Evacuate safely: Do you know where to go, how you’ll get there and what you’ll take if you must evacuate?

■ Establish emergency meet-up locations near your home for small disasters; outside your neighborhood for a large-scale evacuation; and outside your workplace/school.

■ Map at least two routes to get you to your meet-up locations.

Practice your plan

■ Practice evacuating to one of your emergency meet-up points and walk through your emergency plan with co-workers, family or neighbors.

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