Preparedness requires that we all educate ourselves about
the threats and hazards likely to
occur in our area. There are three important aspects included in good
awareness, which include:
threats and hazards: familiarization with the types of disasters common in
your are is critical. Hazards that could occur in Colorado include (but are not
Natural Hazards (e.g. floods, tornados &
severe weather, wildfire, winter storms, drought, etc.);
Technological & Accidental Hazards (e.g.
train derailment, power outages, Hazmat spills, etc.);
Pandemics & Human Disease Outbreaks (e.g.
Seasonal Flu, Avian Flu, SARS, West Nile, Ebola, etc.);
Human-caused threats (e.g. workplace violence, cyber-attack,
civil unrest, active shooter, etc.);
basic protective measures for all hazards:
Evacuate: where will you go, where will you meet
family or co-workers?
Shelter-in-place: what is the safest place to
take shelter at work, school, and home?
Shelter-in-place due to workplace violence or
active shooter: can you get out? If not, where can you hide, lock the door, and
barricade yourself in until the threat has passed?
about, and register for, emergency alerts at work, school, and home: Sign
up for alerts services through the NWS, local public safety, local media, the
Red Cross, and/or campus.