by Michelle West

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

  • TV: Ensure you are turned 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. 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 midlandusa.com. Be sure to get the assistive attachments for your disability.
  • 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 at the bottom of this post.
  • E-911: Go to El Paso County website to sign up for local emergency text messages. Sign up at 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. Many are listed below.
  • Research and purchase an All-Hazard radio and the add-ons you need.
  • Sign-up for E-911 at elpasoteller911.org./246/.
  • Ensure your smartphone can receive emergency texts.

Credible Internet Sites

H3: El Paso County Websites:   

          

El Paso County                                   

Web: www.elpaso.com

Twitter: twitter.com/epcpio

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElPasoCountyCO

El Paso County Sheriff    

Web: shr.elpasoco.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/EPCSheriff

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EPCSheriff

El Paso County Public Health       

Web: www.elpasocountryhealth.org/  

Twitter: twitter.com/EPCpublicHealth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElPasoCountyPublicHealth

                

H3: City Websites:

 

City of Colorado Springs

Web: www.springsgov.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/springsgov

Facebook: www.facebook.com/springsgov

Colorado Springs Police Department

Web: cspd.coloradosprings.gov

Twitter: twitter.com/cspdpio

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

Colorado Springs Fire Department

Web: www.csfd.coloradosprings.gov

Twitter: twitter.com/CSFDPIO

Facebook: www.facebook.com/csfdpio

Manitou Springs

Web: www.manitouspringsgov.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/manitouGOV

 

H3: Other Websites:

 

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) : http://www.noaa.gov/

2-1-1 Resource Line: http://www.211.org/

El Paso Teller 911 Authority:

Sign up for Emergency Notifications in your area: http://www.elpasoteller911.org/246/Emergency-Notification-System

H3: Local TV News &Weather Websites:

 

Channel 5 KOAA (NBC)

Web: www.koaa.com

Twitter: twitter.com/koaa_5

Facebook: facebook.com/KOAA/

Channel 11 KKTV (CBS)

Web: www.kktv.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/kktv11news

Facebook: facebook.com/kktv11news/

Channel 13 KRDO (ABC)

Web: www.krdo.com

Twitter: twitter.com/KRDONC13

Facebook: facebook.com/KRDONewsChannel13/

Channel 21 KXRM (Fox)

Web: http://fox21news.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/FOX21News

Facebook: facebook.com/FOX21 News

 

H3: Local Radio Websites:

 

KRDO 105.5 FM or 1240 AM

http://www.krdo.com/radio

KVOR 740 AM

http://www.kvor.com/

KZNT 1460 AM

http://am1460theanswer.com/

 

H3: Helpful Consumer-Focused 

 

Wireless RERC: www.wirelessrerc.org

Apps for Enhancing WEA Alerts: http://bit.ly/EnhancingWEAaccess

Need to know Information about WEA: http://bit.ly/NeedtoKnowInfo

Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS): Informational Materials for the Public https://www.fema.gov/informational-materials

Accessible/Accessibility Phone & App finder: https://www.gari.info

CTIA’s Access Wireless: http://accesswireless.org/Home.aspx