National Flood Insurance Program
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) oversees the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), that assists and educates property owners in all things flood insurance. Find out what NFIP has to offer:
- NFIP Brochure What You Need to Know About Federal Disaster Assistance and National Flood Insurance (PDF)
- NFIP Myths and Facts about the Program (PDF): This sheet answers many questions that people generally have about flood insurance, giving them the confidence to purchase flood insurance, thus protecting their families and their property
- NFIP Flood Insurance Claims Handbook (PDF): This handbook walks you through the entire claims process, including what you should do before a flood happens
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Recovery for those who own old or historic buildings carries its own unique challenges. View more information provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Flood Monitoring Devices Set Up in Waldo Canyon
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have installed rain monitoring equipment in Waldo Canyon. Installing the video monitoring equipment will provide:
- A real time video feed camera, providing CDOT and USGS with the ability to see if a rain event is producing debris flow or just water
- A non-contact stage gauge, measuring the depth of flow in Waldo Canyon with radar
- An additional rain gauge, bolstering CDOT/USGS’s network of rain gauges in the canyon burn scar area
Keep Safe & Healthy During Disaster Recovery
During recovery, your highest priority is your health and the health of your family. El Paso County Health Department has good information about avoiding sickness while you recover from flooding. View these helpful flyers:
- Cleanup: Flood Water and Debris After a Disaster or Emergency (PDF)
- Food and Water Safety After a Disaster (PDF)
- Tetanus and First Aid Guidance (PDF)
If you own a food establishment damaged by the flood, view a comprehensive guide outlining the steps to take prior to reopening your establishment (PDF).
El Paso County also compiled a list of resource referrals available to citizens during times of need. Just call 211 from your home phone or 719-955-0742 from your cell to access Helping Hands-Colorado Springs Community Resources (PDF). Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers this fact sheet (PDF) for those assisting with your home or business cleanup.
Red Cross Focuses on Emotional Health Following a Disaster
- Concerned parents can refer to Helping Children Cope With Disaster (PDF), which discusses age-specific common reactions children may exhibit following a disaster, how to talk with your kids about the event, and family preparedness before a disaster strikes.
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health After a Disaster (PDF) offers insight into possible symptoms of stress following an event, and the steps you can take to feel better.
- The booklet Picking up the Pieces After A Disaster (PDF) is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to all facets of your recovery- emotional health, the recovery of your home and personal property, etc. The booklet also includes helpful contact information for the replacement of vital documents.
For additional information, visit the Red Cross Website.