Preparing your Business for Disaster
Colorado has faced its share of disasters. In the last few years we have seen fires, floods and major weather storms. How many businesses were lost to those who were unprepared and did not protect their livelihood, their investment, or their business? According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “Roughly 40-60 percent of small busiensses never reopen their doors following a disaster.”
National Immunization Awareness Month: Put Vaccines on your Back-to-School List
As the school year approaches, we join with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). DHSEM reminds parents and guardians to check their children’s vaccination records. If the children need vaccines, make sure they are on your back-to-school list. Following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious disease.
Be Bear Aware
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.
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.
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.
How many electronic, internet enabled devices do you have in your home? How often are you, your family, and your children sending and receiving information via the internet?
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:
Take the Pledge to be Safe!
Fireworks caused an estimated 11,100 injuries in the United States according to a Consumer Product Safety Council 2016 Fireworks Annual Report. Join READYColorado and the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management teams in pledging to celebrate safely and smartly this Fourth of July week.