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Are Coloradans READY for a Disaster?

March 9, 2007

Natural disasters, terrorist attacks or even this winter's severe weather-public safety officials across the state say Coloradans need to be prepared. The "READYColorado" campaign wants residents to make sure they have the tools to survive in the event of a disaster. Director of Safety Services for the City of Englewood Chris Olson says in those cases, public safety officials will respond to high priority, life threatening issues first.

"For the average person, whether power's out, the gas has been disrupted, electricity, we are highly recommending they have supplies on hand to be able to get through those crisis."

Olson suggests families make a plan for responding to disasters and have emergency supplies at home, at work and in their cars. Olson says in case of major disasters, safety officials will have to focus primarily on the most pressing emergencies.

"It's a common sense approach just to keeping enough supplies on hand to be able to get by with the daily existence to be able to survive at least temporarily in most situations."

Olson says emergency kits should include food, water, tools, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding and any other special needs.

"READYColorado" is funded in part by federal homeland security dollars and is online at

Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - CO