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Take the time now to plan for how you will take care of yourself and your family during a flash flood or debris flow emergency. Debris flows and flooding can happen very quickly and you may need to take action before an "official" warning is issued.
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a flooding strikes, so it is important to know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
Begin by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.
If you look at the stop signs in and around the City of Walsenburg, you will notice 3 colors of tape. They represent the minimum estimated water levels for the three main flooding scenarios. Red, Blue and Green.
It is based on the best available data they have so far. It is just an estimation and the water can exceed these levels, but hopefully it will help give you a visual of how deep it can get at certain points.
We have also posted Inundation Maps for these three scenarios to see how close your home is to the water pathway. This will help you determine if you should shelter in place or move to higher ground during a flood.
Having access to important documents can make recovery time after a disaster easier to manage. The following checklist contains suggested documents that you should locate, copy and store in a safe place.
Important Document Checklist
Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, seniors, or people with disabilities.
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:
Contact family, friends and others who can assist you during an emergency, and share your disaster plans with them. Practice your plan with them. The City encourages everyone in the pre-evacuation zones to find a “Flood Buddy” outside the inundation areas before flooding begins.
Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Choose two locations that are at a higher elevation and located outside the potential flood areas. Determine your safest route and alternate routes of escape,
Have a household meeting to discuss and practice your emergency plan.
Monitor local TV and radio. KSPK is available on UHF 28, channel 16 on cable, and at 102.3 FM.
Everyone is encouraged to register with CodeRED at (719) 738-1044
You must answer your phone and say something before the recording will play so please save these numbers in your phone for calls from CodeRed (866) 419-5000 and (855) 969-4636
Your family may not be together when flooding occurs so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in various situations. The following form is designed to assist you.
Family Communication Plan Worksheet
Everyone's situation is different depending upon your location and the individual needs of your family. Take the time to ensure Your Plan addresses the unique needs of your family situation.
Household Plan Checklist
A disaster can disrupt mail service for days or weeks. If you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits, switching to electronic payments is a simple, significant way to protect yourself financially before disaster strikes. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks. The U.S. Department of the Treasury recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits:
How might a disaster affect you? Could you make it on your own for at least three days? After a disaster, you may not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore, so it’s crucial to plan for the resources you use regularly, and what you would do if those resources are limited or not available. Additional planning steps should include:
Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today. If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:
Review insurance policies before disaster strikes. Make certain policies are current and meet your needs. Homeowner's insurance policies do not include flood insurance and it takes 30 days for federal flood insurance coverage to go into effect, so don't delay getting coverage.
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies can be purchased through thousands of insurance agents nationwide. The agent who helps you with your homeowners or renters insurance may also be able to help you with purchasing flood insurance. If your insurance agent does not sell flood insurance, you can contact the NFIP Help Center at 800-427-4661.
More information is available at floodsmart.gov
NFIP Summary of Coverage - This document was prepared by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help you understand your flood insurance policy. It provides general information about deductibles, what is and is not covered by flood insurance, and how items are valued at time of loss.
NFIP Summary of Coverage for Commercial Property - prepared by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help you understand your commercial flood insurance policy. It provides general information about deductibles, what is and is not covered by flood insurance, and how items are valued at time of loss.
Each property owner should determine whether flood control measures are warranted and desireable in their particular situation.
This section is intended to provide information and guidance ONLY. The City of Walsenburg assumes no liability for the placement or effectiveness of sandbags or other methods of protection described on this website or the links included.
If your flood, debris, and erosion control problems appear to warrant facilities in excess of the measures described in these references, it is recommmended that you consult a competent expert for additional advice.
Strategies to Protect Your Property
ARWC Sandbag Handout
Flood Fighting Technichues
Flood Fighting Field Guide
Spanish Peaks Country Preparedness Guide
Flood After Fire - The Risk
Red Cross Flood Safety Checklist