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 credible 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. 
  • Credible Internet Sites: It is important to ensure you are getting accurate information online during an emergency. The IC has identified several credible websites for emergency information below.
  • 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.

Credible Internet Sites

El Paso County Websites:

El Paso County
Web: www.elpasoco.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/epcpio Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElPasoCountyCO

El Paso County Sheriff
Web: shr.elpasoco.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EPCSheriff
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EPCSheriffsOffice/

El Paso County Public Health
Web: www.elpasocountyhealth.org/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/EPCPublicHealth
Facebook:www.facebook.com/ElPasoCountyPublicHealth

City Websites:

City of Colorado Springs
Web: https://coloradosprings.gov/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/springsgov
Facebook: www.facebook.com/springsgov

Colorado Springs Police Department
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cspdpio
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Colorado-

Local TV News & Weather Websites:

The Gazette
Web: http://gazette.com/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/csgazette
Facebook: www.facebook.com/springsgazette

Channel 5 KOAA (NBC)
Web: www.koaa.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/koaa_5

Channel 11 KKTV (CBS)
Web: www.kktv.com/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kktv11news

Channel 13 KRDO (ABC)
Web: www.krdo.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/KRDONC13

Channel 21 KXRM (Fox)
Web: www.coloradoconnection.com/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/FOX21News

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/

Other Websites:

Colorado Springs Fire Department
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CSFDPIO
Facebook: www.facebook.com/csfdpio

Manitou Springs 
Web: www.manitouspringsgov.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/manitouGOV

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Web: www.noaa.gov/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/NOAA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/usnoaagov

2-1-1 Emergency Evacuation Registry
Call 2-1-1 or 719-955-0742 to register.


For more information on how to prepare for an emergency, view our Personal Emergency Preparedness Workbook.