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2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan

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CERT Preparedness Training

Community Emergency Response Training (CERT): Volunteers learn basics about how to respond to a disaster or emergency in their community through this 16-hour course offered monthly by the El Paso County Office of Emergency Management. A training course just for teens is also available. For more information, visit the CERT page, email, or
call (719) 575-8858.

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

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.


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Possible Local Natural Disasters

El Paso County has the potential to be impacted by disasters. Below are direct links to agencies with information about planning and preparing for possible specific disasters. The sites also offer information on other natural and human caused disasters.

Thunderstorms & Lightning


Wild Fires

Winter Weather

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)

Re-Entry & Clean Up