The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has created a series of preparedness bulletins focusing on the many hazards that Coloradans face. Check out the documents below to see how you can become better prepared for hazards ranging from solar flares to snow storms.Looking for another topic? Check back often as we are continuing to add new material. If you have a topic suggestion, or are looking for more information on any of the topics listed below, email email@example.com.
Avalanches - According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), Since October 2010, 10 people have been killed in the Colorado backcountry by avalanches, with many more needing to be rescued. The following tips can help you avoid or survive this danger.
Cyber alert for parents – Internet usage comes with many risks, especially for youth. Linked is an overview of risks and tips to keep children safe online.
Earthquakes – While mentioning “earthquake” frequently brings to mind California or Japan for many people, much of the U.S. experiences earthquake activity on a more moderate level. Though uncommon, Colorado does have earthquakes.
Electrical outages - Because of the high probability of an electrical outage, and the problems associated with one, it is particularly important to prepare for this hazard.
Floods – Because of Colorado’s propensity for wildfires, our state is particularly susceptible to flooding in recent burn areas. And it’s not just those in mountain settings who are at risk. Those in the eastern plains are vulnerable to overland flooding. Read on for tips on preparing for this danger.
Holiday cooking safety - The combination of cooking and crowds of people can lead to burns, fires and unsafe foods. Here are some tips for making your holiday cooking experience a safe one.
Home fires - According to the US Fire Administration, an average of seven people die in U.S. home fires every day. Fires consume 371,700 homes each year. Because home and structure fires are so common, it is extermely important to prepare for these events.
Land and rock slides - Landslides are masses of rock, earth or debris moving down a slope. They are activated by rainstorms, earthquakes, fires and human-caused projects, such as road and building construction.
Solar storms - In an increasingly technology-dependent world, solar weather – such as geomagnetic storms and solar flares – has the potential to disrupt communication systems, the electric grid, transportation, ordinary devices such as kitchen appliances and more.
Subsidence – Many communities in Colorado were built around mining activity. While some of these mines have long since closed, their imprint remains. When it comes to underground mines, subsidence can be a major concern.
Winter driving - Winter driving is a part of life in Colorado. Read this for information about how to winterize your car and deal with deteriorating driving conditions.
Winter weather - A major winter storm can be lethal. Preparing for cold weather conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce the dangers caused by winter storms.