Flash Flooding


The Waldo Canyon Fire has dramatically increased the probability of flash flooding in Ute Pass, Manitou Springs and portions of Colorado Springs. Home owners along drainages coming off the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar need to take precautions to protect your family and property from the expected flash flooding.

Local Flash Flooding Information

Know Your Risks. Make Your Plan. Improve Your Outcome.

Emergency Preparedness starts with you

Prepare for emergencies before the crisis or disaster impacts your family or the community. The links to resources below can help your family properly prepare for natural and human caused disasters we could possibly face in El Paso County.

Local Information


Sign up for phone, text, and e-mail alerts for emergency notifications for El Paso and Teller counties

READY Colorado offers preparedness tips tailored to our region

CSOEM proactively plans for hazards, works to reduce threats and prepares Colorado Springs' citizens to respond to and recover from a disaster.

The web page has information on planning and preparing for natural and human caused disasters.

The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.

The Plan and Prepare web page has information on planning and preparing for natural and human caused disasters.

This local organization has information that can assist those with disabilities to prepare for an emergency.

  • CERT: Citizen Emergency Response Training
    Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Citizen will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.  The Emergency Services Division offers CERT classes to accomplish the goal of enhancing the safety of all El Paso County citizens. Send an email to CERT@ElPasoCo.com for class schedules and more information.

  • Emergency Evacuation Registry:

The Emergency Evacuation Registry is a tool to help plan for evacuation in case of an emergency. The Registry is a database designed to help First Responders identify people who may not be able to evacuate without assistance during an emergency. The Registry is for El Paso County residents who have some type of condition or impairment that would limit their ability to safely evacuate their home in a time of emergency. Call the United Way at 2-1-1 to register.

If you have more questions about the Emergency Evacuation Registry click here
 to download a guide with Frequently Asked Questions.

Build A Kit

Do you have a 72-Hour Emergency Kit?


​FEMA Kit Ideas

CDC Kit Ideas

Red Cross Kit Ideas

American Red Cross Store 
The Store has emergency preparedness items, First Aid kits, books, DVDs and more.

CSU Extension: Storing Water

​NOAA Weather Radios available here and here.