Disaster Resources

April 5, 2015 Updated: April 5, 2015 at 4:20 am
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Emergency notifications via phone, text, email

- (El Paso and Teller counties E911): elpasoteller911.org

- Twitter alerts: twitter.com/springsgov/alerts

- Nixle alerts: Get text and voice emergency alerts sent to your home phone, cellphones and email; nixle.com

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

- disasterassistance.gov

- fema.gov

- 800-621-3362

- FEMA wireless emergency alerts: fema.gov/wireless-emergency- alerts

Red Cross of the Pikes Peak Region

- 1040 S. 8th St., Colorado Springs

- 632-3563

- redcross.org/colorado

- ppredcross@gmail.com

Red Cross apps

- redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps

Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1

- Free, confidential hotline (dial 211 on your phone)

- ppunitedway.org/info211.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

- cdc.gov; click on "Emergency Preparedness"

Emergency preparation assistance for those with disabilities

- The Independence Center, 729 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs

- 471-8181

- facebook.com/TheIndependence Center

National Weather Service radio

These radios, which can be found at Wal-Mart and other stores, receive weather service radio broadcasts.

Learn more: nws.noaa.gov/nwr

Colorado Division of Insurance

- dora.colorado.gov

Firewise Communities

Firewise Communities encourages homeowners to take responsibility for preparing their homes - and therefore the community - from the risk of wildfire.

- firewise.org

Colorado State University Extension Fire Resources

- www.ext.colostate.edu/fire

Wildfire Incident Information System

- inciweb.nwcg.gov; follow the status of wildfires by searching by name or by state.

City of Colorado Springs

- springsgov.com

- Flood preparedness: springsgov.com/floodinfo

El Paso County Sheriff's Office/Office of Emergency Management

- shr.elpasoco.com

Colorado Office of Emergency Management

- coemergency.com

Waldo Canyon fire impacts and recovery map

- waldofire.org/map

Learn about the Waldo Canyon fire and ongoing work to mitigate post-fire flooding and restore the landscape.

Teller County Office of Emergency Management

- co.teller.co.us/OEM

A resource for incident reports, evacuations and shelters, disaster recovery and more

Colorado Department of Transportation Road Conditions

- cotrip.org

Flood insurance information

- floodsmart.gov

- Agent referral: 800-427-2419

Preparedness

- readycolorado.com; ready.gov

- redcross.org/prepare

The Red Cross also has smartphone apps at redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.

They include:

First aid app: Advice for everyday emergencies with interactive quizzes and step-by-step information.

Flood app: Information for before, during and after a flood.

Tornado app: How to prepare for a tornado.

Wildfire app: State-by-state wildfire news and updates, evacuation zones and technology to let others know you are safe.

Shelter app: Information on Red Cross shelters.

Team Red Cross volunteer app: Join the Red Cross to help provide care and support to the community.

Pet first aid app: Veterinary advice for emergencies with videos, quizzes and step-by-step advice.

- Make sure at least one member in your household is trained in first aid and CPR.

- Do not turn off your utilities, especially natural gas, even if you evacuate. Utilities officials will shut off gas lines in your area if it is required.

- Register with the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority emergency notification system at www.elpaso teller911.org - even if you registered in the past (not all user information was transferred to the new system). The new system allows registration of up to five locations and 10 points of contact per person, such as a landline, cellphone, sms text messaging, email, etc. It is important to register as an individual and not as a household.

- Residents without Internet access can call El Paso-Teller E911 at 719-785-1971 and leave a voicemail with your information.

Familiarize yourself with public resources, including:

- Know your risk. Check this map to determine if your home, workplace or school is at risk for flash flooding, springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=4498.

- Visit springsgov.com/emergency preparedness for a one-stop resource to prepare for any emergency.

- Sign up for Twitter alerts to receive emergency messages on your cellphone or tablet at twitter.com/springsgov/alerts.

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