Building a Disaster Behavioral Health Preparedness Kit

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

My Aimee Voth Siebert, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Disasters overwhelm our city systems and infrastructure. The news often includes reports of damaged transformers or broken water lines. Because these systems are critical to a smoothly operating city, repairing those systems is a high priority.

Disasters also overwhelm people. We have our own inner systems, attention, energy, ability to organize, that get interrupted by emergency situations. These systems are equally critical to protect and repair as soon as possible.

Preparing a disaster recovery plan makes good business sense

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

By Betsy Markey, SBA Region VIII Administrator

One of this region's most expensive disasters unfolded the night of Sept. 9, 2013 when over 10 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period, devastating Boulder, Colo. and several other communities with flash floods, inflicting damage on nearly 20,000 homes and hundreds of small businesses.  Unfortunately, our region is prone to a variety of natural disasters such as flooding in North Dakota, tornadoes in South Dakota, and the 2012 Montana wildfires that scorched more than 1.1 million acres of land. 

Flood Insurance: What is Covered?

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

Have you experienced flood damage to your home or business as a result of Colorado rainstorms? There are always many questions from the community on what is covered by insurance companies or other programs. The first step is to meet with your insurance agent to review your policy. Flood damage is covered under a separate flood insurance policy and not under your general policy. Flood insurance is purchased directly from your insurance agent.

Colorado Flood Safety and Preparedness Tips

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

Did you know that 267 Colorado cities and towns, and all of Colorado's 64 counties; have been identified as being at risk for flooding? Colorado's landscape and ever-changing weather not only creates a beautiful state, but it also creates potentially powerful flood hazard.

Floods can be one of the most damaging natural disasters. The extensive flooding along the Front Range in September 2013 showed just how real the flood threat is in Colorado. No matter where you live, work or play in the mountains, big cities, small towns or out on the plains, you can be impacted by a flood.

Make Water Safety a Priority This Summer

Safe and Prepared - Helpful Tips

Summer fun in Colorado often involves some time cooling off in a local lake or swimming pool or boating on high mountain lakes and rivers. To help you and your family stay safe around bodies of water, follow these tips:

Water Safety Tips               

*                Practice the buddy system. When swimming make sure someone is available to assist you or go for help if an emergency does happen.

Flash Flood Safety

PROMO 660 x 440 Weather - NWS Logo Tornado - NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory

By NWS Staff

Only two years ago major flooding in September resulted from over eight inches of rain that fell over a large area from northern Jefferson County to the Wyoming border. This rain caused flash flooding in a number of creeks and rivers, causing considerable flash flooding. Runoff from area streams combined to cause major flooding along the South Platte River. Mitigation is still ongoing to repair flood damage along the streams and rivers in and near the foothills from Larimer County to El Paso County and along the tributaries to the South Platte River.

Understanding Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

PROMO 660 x 440 Weather - NWS Logo Tornado - NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory

By NWS Staff

When the National Weather Service sees the potential for severe weather, a stream of weather information flows from our forecast offices to you.

Each National Weather Service forecast office has a web site, a Facebook page, and a Twitter feed where you can find vital Information highlighting upcoming weather hazards. The hazardous weather outlook, a text product, highlights weather hazards seven days in advance.

Time for Spring Cleaning – and Hantavirus Safety

Disease has already resulted in one Colorado fatality this year

By Chris Sorensen

With the onset of warmer weather, annual spring cleaning often includes clearing out sheds, out buildings, recreational vehicles and other areas used by rodents as winter shelter - and that brings the potential for exposure to hantavirus. Even an occupied home can potentially be contaminated with droppings and urine carrying Hantavirus.