Emergency Management Program

The Independence Center’s Emergency Management Program aims to integrate considerations for people with various access and functional emergency needs into a host of disaster systems. Through outreach and partnerships with various government and community based organizations, our emergency management program provides preparedness training, advises government planners, as well as seeks and executes grants to provide programmatic access for people with disabilities during emergencies.

Lessons Learned from the Waldo Canyon Fire

Click here to read lessons learned from the Waldo Canyon Fire regarding emergency management as it relates to people with disabilities.

Read the official letter from The Independence Center to the five TV stations serving El Paso County regarding effective emergency communications April 15, 2013.

Official Issue Brief of The Independence Center

Click here to see the official issue brief of The Independence Center on emergency preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Prepared?

Download and complete your own Personal Emergency Preparedness Workbook.

If you want to become better prepared in case of emergency or disaster, attend one of our Personal Emergency Preparedness training workshops. Email our Emergency Program Coordinator, at emergencypreparedness@the-ic.org to find out when the next workshop will be held and to be registered.

Host an Emergency Preparedness Training Workshop

Organizations, agencies and corporations can get involved by hosting a Personal Emergency Preparedness training workshop. Contact our Emergency Program Coordinator, at emergencypreparedness@the-ic.org.

First Responders Emergency Preparedness

Watch the Disability Awareness for First Responders video.

Shelter Emergency Response

Is your shelter accessible? Learn simple solutions for basic accessibility by watching the training video at the Emergency Shelter Preparedness page.

Find a shelter by clicking here.***SPECIAL NOTE*** Your shelter may be equipped with a kit put together by the Independence Center to assist in accessibility. Please make sure you ask a volunteer at the shelter if they have the kit shown in the attached document.

Emergency Management Near You

Get Involved

Here are three opportunities for getting involved in emergency preparedness for yourself and your community.

Join the Consumer Advisory Group (CAG)

The Consumer Advisory Group (CAG) is a group of people with varying disabilities who gather together monthly to advise the Independence Center’s Emergency Program Coordinator on issues regarding emergency preparedness for our Access and Functional Needs (AFN) community. Request to become a member of the Independence Center’s Consumer Advisory Group by emailing our Emergency Program Coordinator, at emergencypreparedness@the-ic.org.

Emergency Exercise Actors

Volunteer to become an actor in your community’s next emergency disaster exercise. Email our Emergency Program Coordinator, at emergencypreparedness@the-ic.org to learn more.

Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD)

Visit the Help Colorado Now website to learn more about how to help in your community.

State/National Resources

Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
American Red Cross
Ready.gov – Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs
America’s PrepareAthon

Want to learn how you can get involved in making a difference in your community?

Contact our Emergency Preparedness program coordinator at 719-471-8181 or click the button below.

Contact Us About Emergency Preparedness