Fremont County Emergency Management

201 N 6th St
Cañon City, CO 81212

(719) 276-7422

The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare NOW for a sudden emergency. Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. The following checklists will assist you in getting started. Discuss these ideas with your family; then create a family emergency plan. Post the plan where everyone will see it!

If you have special needs in an emergency, the Disaster Preparation Handbook has useful information on preparedness for people with mobility or visual disabilities, hearing impairment and other special medical needs.

Create an Emergency Plan
  • Discuss with children the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes and other emergencies.
  • Discuss how to respond to each disaster that could occur.
  • Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape routes from each room.
  • Learn how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
  • Teach children how and when to call.
  • Keep family records in a waterproof and fireproof container.
  • Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated by disaster. Note: It is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area.
  • Pick two meeting places:
    • A place near your home, in case of a fire.
    • A place outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home after a disaster.
Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit
  • Assemble supplies you might need for a quick evacuation. Store them in an easy-to-carry container, such as a backpack or duffle bag.
  • A supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Replace every six months.
  • A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
  • A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • A first aid kit and prescription medications.
  • An extra pair of glasses.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Credit cards and cash.
  • An extra set of car keys.
  • A list of family physicians.
  • A list of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers.
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
Prepare an Emergency Car Kit
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Blanket
  • Booster cables
  • Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods
  • Maps
  • Shovel
  • Tire repair kit, pump and flares
If You Need to Evacuate
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio for the location of emergency shelters.
  • Follow instructions of local officials.
  • Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Take your Disaster Supplies Kit.
  • Lock your home.
  • Use travel routes specified by local officials.
If You're Sure You Have Time
  • Shut off water, gas and electricity, if instructed to do so.
  • Let others know when you left and where you are going.
  • Make arrangements for pets. Animals cannot stay with you at a shelter. Arrangements may be made with the local humane society to keep pets during the emergency.
Fire Safety at Home
  • Plan two escape routes out of each room.
  • Teach family members to stay low to the ground when escaping from a fire.
  • Teach family members never to open doors that are hot, rather feel the bottom of the door with your hand. If it is hot, do not open the door. Find another way out.
  • Install smoke detectors. Clean and test smoke detectors once a month.
  • Change batteries at least once a year.
  • Keep a whistle in each bedroom to awaken household members.
  • Check electrical outlets. Do not overload outlets.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type).
  • Have a collapsible ladder on each upper floor of your house.
  • Consider installing home sprinklers.
Escape Plan

In a fire or other emergency, you may need to evacuate your home on a moment's notice. You should be ready to get out fast.

  • Develop an escape plan by drawing a floor plan of your residence. Show the location of doors, windows, stairways and large furniture, as well as indicating the location of emergency supplies (Disaster Supplies Kit), fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, collapsible ladders, first aid kits and utility shutoff points. Next, chart at least two escape routes from each room.
  • Finally, mark a place outside of the home where household members should meet in case of fire. If your home has more than two floors, use an additional sheet of paper.
  • Practice emergency evacuation drills with all household members at least two times each year.
Home Hazard Hints
In a disaster, ordinary items in the home can cause injury and damage. Anything that can move, fall, break or cause a fire is a potential hazard.
  • Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.
  • Fasten shelves securely.
  • Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves.
  • Hang pictures and mirrors away from beds.
  • Brace overhead light fixtures.
  • Secure water heater.
  • Repair cracks in ceilings or foundations.
  • Store weed killers, pesticides and flammable products away from heat sources.
  • Place oily polishing rags or waste in covered metal cans.
  • Clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors and gas vents