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Situational Awareness Resources

This page contains publicly available resources that can be used for situational awareness during emergencies. To find out more about a listed resource, click on the resource name.

  • The Colorado Health Emergency Line for Public Information (COHELP) is a public support service sponsored by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to keep you informed on current public health or bioterrorism issues

  • Access by calling 1-877-462-2911 or 303-389-1687 or going to cohelp.us

  • Local emergency management agencies or sheriff’s offices often have informational Websites.


  • Counties and some cities also have emergency alert options.

  • Contact information for local emergency management offices and sign up information for emergency alerts is available at http://bit.ly/local-info


  • www.inciweb.org

  • Provides official information about fires run by federal IMTs

  • Can search by state or incident name

  • www.coloradofloodthreat.com 


  • Provides flood threat information from the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

  • Issued at 11 a.m. daily from May – September

  • www.cotrip.org

  • Provides road conditions and travel times statewide

  • Gives travelers a “heads up” to hazardous weather conditions in places they may be traveling

  • spc.noaa.gov

  • Provided by the National Weather Service and NOAA

  • Provides a nationwide daily storm outlook, complete with satellite

  • Also provides information and terminology


  • Nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information

  • Provides all hazards information, including alerts on natural, environmental and public safety emergencies

  • Radios can be purchased anywhere electronics are sold

  • More information is available at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Website contains information on diseases, outbreaks, environmental issues, water safety and many more items

  • General CDC Website is located at www.cdc.gov

  • Emergency preparedness and response-specific site is located at emergency.cdc.gov   

  • World Health Organization offers information on disease outbreaks and emergency information

  • http://www.who.int/en/

  • Worldwide focus – more than US information

  • Environmental Protection Agency provides information for environmental hazards

  • Has a map where you can get state-specific information

  • www.epa.gov  

  • www.ready.gov

  • Provides specific information on a variety of hazards

  • Primarily preparedness-focused