Colorado voters are going to see a long ballot in November. From choosing the next governor to deciding on important local ballot initiatives .

Coloradans will consider 13 statewide ballot measures and numerous local initiatives. Count Me In invites the community to a discussion of 2018’s ballot measures this evening  at the Limelight Hotel Aspen, 355 South Monarch Street, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to hear about the impact of the ballot measures and how they will affect Colorado’s communities.

Count Me In is a civic engagement effort that is working with partners to set up events in communities across the state.

Lot of yellow suit on Tuesday

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, Valley View will be joined by safety partners Garfield County Public Health, Garfield County EMA, Glenwood Police Department, Glenwood Fire, Garfield County Coroner, and Garfield County Communications to conduct a full-scale hazmat exercise from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Valley View Hospital. During this exercise, patients and visitors may hear sirens and see structures such as a mock decontamination site.

The objective of the hazmat exercise is to evaluate Valley View’s response to a hazardous materials incident, including emergency operations center coordination, information sharing, medical surge response, and responder health and

Speaking of emergencies The Pitkin County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center is now using technology that will revolutionize the way emergency dispatchers can pinpoint an incoming caller’s location. Apple and Google, along with a firm called RapidSOS, have recently allowed 9-1-1 centers to access your cell phone’s location information only when you dial 9-1-1.

The Emergency Location Software (ELS) combines GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks and sensors to provide responders with accurate location information about callers. This is the same technology used by private companies, like Uber and Domino’s, to pinpoint a cell phone user’s location that will now be activated, but only when 9-1-1 is dialed. This technology has been in place within cell phones for some time, but privacy concerns have delayed providing the information to emergency call centers until now. The location information is only available to call centers during, and for a short time after, a 9-1-1 call.

For the new technology to work, Apple phone users must install the latest software update, which is iOS 12. Android users do not have to take any action, the technology is automatically activated when you call 9-1-1.