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04/04/13 at 12:14 PM | Published Under Emergency Prep

 

Know Your Sources For

Accessible Emergency Alerts

 

When it comes to being ready for an emergency, the best advice we can give is plan ahead! One aspect of that is knowing HOW you are going to get your information. There are several options available:

  • TV: Ensure you are tuned into a creditable source. The IC is working with local news stations to ensure information is captioned in real time and at a pace people can read.
  • All-Hazard Radios: Know instantly when an emergency alert is issued with these audio and text alert radios! There are add-ons including flashers or bed shakers so if an alert comes out at night you’ll know. We have a list of retailers on the back of this page and on our website.
  • Creditable Internet Sites: It is important to ensure you are getting accurate information online during an emergency. The IC has identified several creditable websites for emergency information on our website.
  • E-911: Go to El Paso County website to sign up for local emergency text messages. Sign up at www.elpasoteller911.org.
  • Smart Phones: In this digital age the best way to get information is through your smart phone. Most phones now have a warning system built into them that works with the National Weather Service, meaning if you are traveling and there is an emergency where you are, you will still get an alert! Many newer smart phones are automatically set up to receive alerts. Others may require the downloading of a free app. Check with your wireless carrier to make sure your alerts are in place and turned on.

 

Emergency Source Checklist:

  • Know the local news stations and websites that are accessible to you during an emergency.
  • Research and purchase an All-Hazard radio and the add-ons you need.
  • Sign-up for E-911 at www.elpasoteller911.org.
  • Ensure your smartphone is able to receive emergency texts

 

All-Hazard Radios

The Independence Center has identified the Midland Weather Radio as one that is accessible with add-ons that include a light flasher and bed shaker. It is available through The Accessibility Store (www.store4access.com) and www.midlandusa.com.

Similar radios have been found at Radio Shack (http://www.radioshack.com) and The Oregon Scientific Store (www.oregonscientificstore.com), though The IC is not sure if they sell the accessible add-ons.

 

 

Credible Internet Sites

El Paso County Websites                      

Local TV News & Weather Websites

El Paso County

Web: www.elpasoco.com

Twitter: twitter.com/epcpio 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElPasoCountyCO

Channel 5 KOAA (NBC)

Web: www.koaa.com
Twitter: twitter.com/koaa_5 

El Paso County Sheriff

Web: shr.elpasoco.com/

 Twitter: twitter.com/EPCSheriff

 Facebook: www.facebook.com/EPCSheriff

Channel 11 KKTV (CBS)

Web: www.kktv.com/ 
Twitter: twitter.com/kktv11news

 

El Paso County Public Health 

Web: www.elpasocountyhealth.org/

Twitter: twitter.com/EPCPublicHealth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElPasoCountyPublicHealth

Channel 13 KRDO (ABC)

Web: www.krdo.com

Twitter:  twitter.com/KRDONC13

City Websites

Channel 21 KXRM (Fox)

Web: www.coloradoconnection.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/FOX21News

City of Colorado Springs 

Web: www.springsgov.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/springsgov

Facebook: www.facebook.com/springsgov

Local Radio Websites:

KRDO 105.5 FM or 1240 AM

Web: www.krdo.com/

KVOR 740 AM

Web: www.kvor.com/

KZNT 1460 AM

Web: www.newstalk1460.com/

Colorado Springs Police Department

Twitter: twitter.com/cspdpio 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Colorado-Springs-Police-Department/133820446633849

Other Websites:

Colorado Springs Fire Department 

Twitter: twitter.com/CSFDPIO

Facebook: www.facebook.com/csfdpio 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Web: www.noaa.gov/

Twitter: twitter.com/NOAA

Facebook: www.facebook.com/usnoaagov

Manitou Springs 

Web: www.manitouspringsgov.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/manitouGOV

2-1-1 Emergency Evacuation Registry

Download the application, or call 2-1-1 or

719-955-0742 to register: www.ppunitedway.org/ourimpact/communityprograms

 

 

For more information go to our Emergency Prep page

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