Pikes Peak Area Partners Emphasize Flood Risk as They Launch Today Campaign...
Monday, April 08, 2013
“Emergency Preparedness Starts with You”
Colorado Springs, Colo.-- As flood season begins, Pikes Peak area partners, including the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County, are uniting to launch an emergency preparedness campaign with a special “Flood Awareness” component today through Saturday.
“Emergency Preparedness Starts with You,” a public awareness campaign, will address how residents can best respond to incidents such as flood, wildfire, storms and acts of terror. The campaign empowers area residents to know their personal risk for potential disasters, to make a plan, and to communicate it to their family so they can make the best decisions during an emergency.
Several events will take place throughout the Flood Awareness Campaign Launch and serve as opportunities for pre/post-event media coverage.
Door-to-Door Flood Awareness Campaign- The City of Colorado Springs, together with AspenPointe, will distribute a flood preparedness brochure and customizable flood preparedness magnet to high flood risk neighborhoods. Volunteers will be dropping off packets at residents’ front doors throughout the month of April, beginning April 8th. Media coverage notifying residents to be aware of volunteers sweeping these neighborhoods will help mitigate any safety concerns. Media opportunities are also available, contact Kim Melchor at 719-385-5248.
Post- Fire Flood Risk Meetings:
Several community meetings will target neighborhoods throughout the region to address the increased flood risk this season, and for years to come.
Green Mountain Falls area,Monday, April 8. 6:30-8:30 pm. Meeting held at Ute Pass Elementary School: 9230 Chipita Park Road, Chipita Park, CO 80809.
Cascade area,Tuesday, April 9. 6:30-8:30 pm. Meeting held Ute Pass Elementary School: 9230 Chipita Park Road, Chipita Park, CO 80809.
Pleasant Valley Neighborhood,Thursday, April 11. 6-8p.m. Meeting at Glen Eryie Castle Great Hall: 3820 N 30th St Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Manitou Springs, Monday, April 15. 6:30-8:30 pm. Meeting held at Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.
Manitou Springs, Wednesday, April 24. 6:30-8:30 pm. Meeting held at Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.
Free Sandbag Distribution Day- homeowners impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire, or who live in high flood risk areas on the Westside of Colorado Springs may receive pre-filled sandbags to place on their property for flood mitigation. Sandbags will be loaded onto vehicles Saturday, April 13 from 9 am. to 4 p.m. at Verizon Wireless building (2424 Garden of the Gods Road). Media opportunities will be available throughout the day. On-site contact is Ken Hughlett, Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management at (719) 208-5930.