Results from a recent survey designed to gather information about personal emergency preparedness indicate that Colorado Springs residents feel prepared for an emergency or disaster situation, according to a news release issued by the city.
More than 1,150 people participated in the anonymous survey to help the Office of Emergency Management better understand the changing demographics and needs of the community and its overall level of preparedness. This information is intended to help the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management better prepare for an emergency.
· More than 50 percent of respondents were 50 years or older and have lived in Colorado Springs for at least 20 years.
· More than 65 percent feel they are somewhat or very prepared for an emergency.
· More than 58 percent said their household is prepared to remain in the home without water, gas, or electricity for 72 hours.
Although prepared to remain at home 23 percent of respondents cannot go without medication or medical treatment after 72 hours.
· Most respondents rely on television to receive public information during an emergency (45 percent), followed by the internet (19 percent), social media (13 percent) and radio (11 percent)
· Perceived natural hazard concerns: Severe weather, winter storm, wildfires and flooding
· Perceived manmade disaster concerns: Active shooter, epidemic infectious disease, cyber-attack and explosive device
“Although this is a sampling of residents who chose to take the survey, it indicates some very positive trends in individual preparedness from community members that have lived in Colorado Springs for a long time,” said Bret Waters, Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management director. “We recognize that emergency preparedness education is an ongoing mission, and we must continue to reach out to our community including those that have unique access and functional needs.”
Results from the survey, which was open to the public July 27 through August 15, will assist in updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan which evaluates natural and human-caused hazards that may affect the City of Colorado Springs, and actions that could be taken to increase the community’s resiliency and preparedness for those hazards. The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan, which was last updated in 2010 is updated every five years.