Emergency Preparedness & Safety Guide

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Success of the local emergency management system in the region is built on an all-hazards approach and strong partnerships within the emergency management community. This community consists of federal, state, and local partners; volunteer and other non-governmental and community-based organizations; surrounding military facilities; and the private sector, such as large retailers and medical services providers.

The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPROEM) is responsible for providing mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and coordination for large-scale emergencies and disasters for the purpose of saving lives and preventing property damage. PPROEM proactively plans for hazards, works to reduce threats, and
prepares the community to respond to and recover from a disaster.

Why this guide is important

Individuals and households play an important role in the overall emergency management strategy of a community. Community members can contribute by:

  • Learning about possible emergency events in your community.
  • Enrolling in personal safety and emergency response training courses.
  • Being aware of the outdoor environment and related activities.
  • Preparing emergency supply kits and household emergency plans.
  • Reducing hazards in and around their residences.
  • Monitoring emergency communications carefully.
  • Volunteering with an established organization.

Learning about possible emergency events in your community

Understanding what natural disasters, accidental events, or purposeful terrorists activities may occur in your area will help individuals and families focus on preparedness activities. Learning what actions to take before, during, and after specific types of emergencies
or disasters increases individual and family resilience and speeds the recovery process. 

Enrolling in personal safety and emergency response training courses 

Emergency response training, such as Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) provided by Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency ManagementThe City and County are consolidating their Offices of Emergency Management in an effort to optimize staff resources, establish a single point of contact during major incidences and enhance communication both during and after an event. The new office, the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPR-OEM) will support operations during a disaster or emergency in El Paso County and Colorado Springs.Because disaster knows no jurisdictional boundaries, we can most efficiently prepare for an emergency and respond to one by coordinating our efforts on a regional basis. The establishment of the PPR-OEM will allow the county and the city to more effectively coordinate and assist first responders in an emergency as well as preparing the government and the community for a disaster., or basic first aid classes offered by other providers, will enable residents to take initial response actions required to take care of themselves and their households, thus allowing first responders to focus on higher priority tasks that affect the entire community. 

Being aware of the environment and related outdoor activities 

Living in the Pikes Peak Region affords community members and visitors closeness to the mountains and an ever-changing environment. Following sound practices to ensure your health and safety while enjoying the numerous parks and open spaces will result in enjoyable and memorable experiences. 

Preparing emergency supply kits and household emergency plans 

By developing household emergency plans and assembling disaster supplies prior to an event, people can take care of themselves until assistance arrives. This includes supplies for household pets and service animals. These preparations will reduce demand and allow first responders to focus on those individuals in most need.

Reducing hazards in and around residences

By taking simple actions, such as raising utilities above flood level, securing objects during high winds and learning about proper use and storage of household chemicals, people can reduce the amount of potential damage caused by an emergency or disaster.

Monitoring emergency communications carefully

Throughout an emergency, critical information and direction will be released to the public via various media, including radio, television, social media, and the internet. By carefully following the directions provided, residents can reduce their risk of injury, keep emergency routes open to response personnel, and reduce demands on landline and cellular communications.

Volunteering with an established organization

Organizations and agencies with a role in response and recovery seek hardworking, dedicated volunteers. By volunteering with an established voluntary agency, individuals and households become part of the emergency management system and ensure that their
efforts are directed where they are needed most. Please see page 12 for additional information on volunteer opportunities.

What you will find in this guide​

  • Important phone numbers
  • Emergency management in the Pikes Peak region
  • How to use this guide
  • Emergency communications
  • Reporting emergencies
  • Emergency preparedness before, during, and after an emergency
  • Types of emergencies
  • Other hazards
  • Public health hazards
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield Explosives (CBRNE)
  • Personal safety and awareness
  • Living with wildlife
  • Transmittable animal diseases
  • First Aid
  • Planning resources

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