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Design Work Begins on Private Sector and Business EOC Platform

In May,  the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management posted a solicitation for database support for a Disaster Assistance Response Tool (DART) platform to support our new Private Sector Program.  The Private Sector Program includes the Colorado Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC).   The platform includes six modules that will allow our private sector and business communities to support disaster response and recovery efforts within Colorado.  

READYColorado Blog: Heatstroke Prevention

Did you know that an average of 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States? Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health.  Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition.

Today, and every day, we remind you take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 

READYColorado Blog: Campfire Safety

Approximately 90 percent of all wildfires are caused by people.  According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), “63,546 human-caused wildfires burned nearly 5 million acres in 2017.” One of the most common causes is unattended campfires.  Emergency responders and the Colorado community needs your help in keeping our forests and campgrounds safe for everyone.  There are a few key steps to making and maintaining a safe campfire.

Pick a Safe Spot

·Do not build a fire at a site in hazardous or dry conditions. 

READYColorado Blog: If you fly, We Can't

An unmanned aircraft system (UAS), sometimes called a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard – instead, the UAS is controlled from an operator on the ground.

When you fly a drone in the United States, it is your responsibility to understand and abide by the rules and the “No Drone Zones” established during wildland fires.  During the month of June there have been times that drones caused wildland fire aircraft to be grounded during fires, including the 416 Fire. 

UAS Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

That means following the rules:

READYColorado Blog: Always Swim With a Buddy

Playing at a water park, by a lake or in a pool are all popular summer activities especially on a hot Colorado day.  Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but it is important to know how to be safe while you are in the water. The American Red Cross and Safe Kids Worldwide offers these important swimming safety tips you should take into consideration before you head out to the lake or pool:

READYColorado Blog: Mental Health and Coping with Traumatic Events

Psychological trauma is an emotionally painful, shocking, stressful and sometimes life-threatening experience. It may or may not involve physical injuries and can result from the impact of distressing events. These situations may also be natural disasters such as a tornado or earthquake. The events can also be human caused from a car accident, crime, or terror attack.

READYColorado Blog: Flood Insurance: What is covered?

Have you experienced flood damage to your home or business as a result of Colorado rainstorms? There are always many questions from the community on what is covered by insurance companies or other programs. The first step is to meet with your insurance agent to review your policy. Flood damage is covered under a separate flood insurance policy and not under your general policy. Flood insurance is purchased directly from your insurance agent.