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Emergency Preparedness Starts With You. Know Your Risks. Make Your Plan. Improve Your Outcome.

Prepare for emergencies before the crisis or disaster impacts your family or the community. The links to resources below can help your family properly prepare for natural and human caused disasters we could possibly face in El Paso County.

Emergency Information Resources

Sign up for phone, text, and e-mail alerts for emergency notifications for El Paso and Teller counties

READY Colorado offers preparedness tips tailored to our region

CSOEM proactively plans for hazards, works to reduce threats and prepares Colorado Springs' citizens to respond to and recover from a disaster.

The web page has information on planning and preparing for natural and human caused disasters.

The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.

The Plan and Prepare web page has information on planning and preparing for natural and human caused disasters.

This local organization has information that can assist those with disabilities to prepare for an emergency.

  • CERT: Citizen Emergency Response Training

    Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Citizen will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.  

    The Emergency Services Division offers CERT classes to accomplish the goal of enhancing the safety of all El Paso County citizens. 

  • Emergency Evacuation Registry:

The Emergency Evacuation Registry is a tool to help plan for evacuation in case of an emergency. The Registry is a database designed to help First Responders identify people who may not be able to evacuate without assistance during an emergency. The Registry is for El Paso County residents who have some type of condition or impairment that would limit their ability to safely evacuate their home in a time of emergency. Call the United Way at 2-1-1 to register.

If you have more questions about the Emergency Evacuation Registry click here
 to download a guide with Frequently Asked Questions.

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Flash Flooding

The Waldo Canyon Fire has dramatically increased the probability of flash flooding in Ute Pass, Manitou Springs and portions of Colorado Springs. Home owners along drainages coming off the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar need to take precautions to protect your family and property from the expected flash flooding.

Local Flash Flooding Information

Waldo Canyon Fire: Flash Flood Threat PDF Maps Updated July 2013

Waldo Canyon Fire: Preliminary Flash Flood Threat PDF Maps

Flash Flooding Preparation Information

Local Weather Information

The 4 gages in the Waldo Canyon burn area are:

    1. Sand Gulch
    2. Upper Waldo above Cascade
    3. Upper William Canyon
    4. Lower Waldo above Manitou


Emergency Alerts Defined

  • Flash Flood Watch: Conditions exist for Potential Flash Flooding
  • Flash Flood Advisory: Minor Flash Flooding is expected
  • Flash Flood Warning: Flash Flooding is occurring or is expected to occur that is damaging or life threatening

Informational Videos

  • Video: Kathy Russelll with El Paso County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management provides a lesson on Post Waldo Canyon Fire Flash Flooding.
  • Video: "Captain" Dan Jackson of KLITE 106.3 hosted Kathy Russell, El Paso County, and Ken Hughlett, City of Colorado Sptings, in a discussion on flash flooding preparedness in our community.
  • Video: Ute Pass Flash Flooding Awareness Town Hall, April 8, 2013
  • Video: Manitou Springs Flash Flooding Awareness Town Hall, April 15, 2013
  • Video: Debris Flow Events in Colorado:
    An educational video produced by the Colorado Geological Survey about the causes, effects, and facts that the citizens of Colorado need to know about the geologic hazard of debris flow. This subject is especially important in light of the recent wildfires in Colorado, which can create favorable conditions for debris flow.


  • The Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply Study presented by Dr. David L. Rosgen of Wildlan Hydrology. WARSSS will predict how water, sediment, and debris will move along and off the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar.
  • Video: WARSS Presentation May 2, 2013
    WARSSS Slide Show Presentation used in the Video (PDF Document)
  • The complete WARSSS report is broken down here into 5 parts
    1) Waldo Canyon Fire Assessment Report (PDF Document)
    2) Appendix A. WRENSS Water Yeild Modell (PDF Document)
    3) Appendix B. Stream Classification (PDF Document)
    4) Appendix C. Representatice & Reference Reaches (PDF Document)
    5) Appendix D. Watershed Summaries (PDF Document)


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