Since the beginning of 2013 we have had a few documented reports of Dry Ice Bombs and Acid/Drain cleaner Bombs. These bombs are made with homemade components often mixed inside a 2 liter bottle typically used for soda. Once mixed the chemical reaction causes pressure to build and eventually explode. The force of the explosion is related to how much chemical is used.
These devices should not be taken lightly and we caution all citizens not to touch anything that resembles a make shift bomb or its components. These devices have a delayed reaction to explode so picking the device up could cause it to go off or cause chemicals to pour out on your skin. Please call the police if you see something suspicious that resembles one of these devices.
Common Components of these devices:
· 2 liter bottles typically used for soda or carbonated beverages
· Aluminum foil
· Drano or other drain cleaner
· Dry Ice
Uncle Wilbur Fountain
Acacia Park, 115 East Platte Avenue
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday (August 26-30): 3 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday (August 31 - September 2): Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Julie Penrose Fountain
America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday (August 26-30): CLOSED
Saturday, Sunday, Monday (August 31 - September 2): 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Deerfield Hills Spray Ground
Deerfield Hills Community Center, 4290 Deerfield Hills Road
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday (August 26-29): CLOSED
Friday (August 30): 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday (August 31 - September 2): 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
About the Fountains
· Fountains are subject to closure due to adverse weather conditions such as high winds, severe rain and thunderstorms, or temperatures below 60 degrees
· Fountains are also subject to closure due to technical difficulties and/or emergency maintenance repairs
· Fountains are supervised by trained CPR/First Aid staff members and/or lifeguard instructors
[Chancellor Pam] Shockley-Zalabak expects another record to be shattered when school starts Aug. 26. Projections are that 10,500 students will show up for classes - the most ever.
"We've never been over 10,000," Shockley-Zalabak said.
Of those, about 1,600 will be new freshmen - another historic high.
The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management will celebrate September’s National Preparedness Month during “Community Emergency Preparedness Night” at Sky Sox Stadium Friday, Aug. 23. The gates open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Pre-game activities start at 6 p.m. and will give families an opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness through interactive demonstrations to include:
· Smoke and fire trailer
· Signs for Life traffic safety bus
· Electrical and natural gas leak exhibits
· Medevac helicopter tours
· Police vehicles and fire engines
· McGruff the Crime Dog, Smokey Bear, Iron Man and others.
There will also be an opportunity to learn how to register for emergency alerts, participate in a blood drive to receive two free SkySox tickets for the 2014 season, and donate non-perishables to a local food bank.
The most important steps citizens and businesses can take to lessen the effects of a disaster are to Get Prepared, Get Trained, and Get Involved. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities. This community would not be able to maintain resiliency for a disaster without the assistance of volunteers.
This event involves many first response and/or emergency preparedness partners from the community to include:
Colorado Springs Fire Department
Colorado Springs Police Department
Colorado Springs Utilities
El Paso County Sheriff Emergency Services Division
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
Pikes Peak American Red Cross
The Independence Center
El Paso-Teller County Authority (E-911) System
Pikes Peak Region Humane Society
El Paso County Public Health
American Medical Response
Medical Response Corps of El Paso County
Care and Share
Our emergency services personnel do an incredible job of keeping us safe while responding to disasters, but they can't do it alone. We must all embrace our individual responsibility to be prepared.
Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee
Lessons Learned Town Hall Scheduled for Thursday, August 22
El Paso County, CO, Thursday, August 8, 2013 – El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, Chair of the Black Forest Fire Long Range Recovery Planning Committee and El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton, Subcommittee Chair will host a “Lessons Learned” Town Hall meeting on Thursday, August 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Tent at New Life Church located at 11035 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.
This meeting is solely dedicated to receiving community feedback on “Lessons Learned” from the Black Forest Fire. Attendees are encouraged to provide their own assessment of the critical lessons (positive and negative) that should be captured to assist the County in preparing an after-action report on the Black Forest Fire.
New Procedures instituted for Highway 24: Flooding
EL PASO COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is establishing new protocols to help enhance safety for the traveling public on Ute Pass when flooding is likely or imminent.
Effective immediately, CDOT Maintenance crews will actively patrol U.S. 24 in the Waldo Canyon burn area between Manitou Springs and Cascade, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through October 1. In addition, when the National Weather Service issues a Flash Flood Warning or more than ¼ of an inch of rain is detected in the burn area rain gauges, CDOT and the Colorado State Patrol will close the highway. It will remain closed until the warning is lifted, any debris is removed from the highway and the road is safe for travel.
Electronic message signs along the highway also will display the following, depending on current conditions or forecasts:
· Flash Flood Watch: Proceed With Caution
· Flash Flood Advisory: Travel Not Recommended
· Road Closed: Flash Flood
“We learned last Friday just how quickly a Flood Watch can turn into a raging flash flood so we’re instituting these new procedures because we cannot compromise public safety in the interest of keeping the highway open,” said CDOT Regional Transportation Director Tom Wrona. “While we recognize this may be an inconvenience for some travelers at times, we must be cautious.”
Travel on U.S. 24 averages 25,000 vehicles per day between west Manitou Springs and Cascade.
CDOT currently is investigating early flash flood detection systems that would provide automatic electronic message sign warnings and automated road closures.
If a person is driving through a flash flood area, the Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests you stay in your vehicle and don’t ignore barricades or other closure devices by driving around them. The following precautions also are suggested:
· Do your best to estimate the depth of the water (if other cars are driving through, take note of how deep the water is).
· If you must drive through water, drive slowly and steadily through the water.
· Avoid driving in water that downed electrical or power lines have fallen in — electric current passes through water easily.
· However, even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
· Watch for items traveling downstream — they can trap or crush you if you're in their path.
· If you have driven through water up to the wheel rims or higher, test your brakes on a clear patch of road at low speed. If they are wet and not stopping the vehicle as they should, dry them by pressing gently on the brake pedal with your left foot while maintaining speed with your right foot.
· Stay off your cell phone unless you must report severe injuries.
· If your vehicle stalls in the deep water, you may need to restart the engine to make it to safety. Keep in mind that restarting may cause irreparable damage to the engine.
· If you can't restart your vehicle and you become trapped in rising water, immediately abandon the vehicle, if it is safe, for higher ground. Try to open the door or roll down the window to get out of the vehicle. If you are unable to get out safely, call 911 or get the attention of a passerby or someone standing on higher ground so that they may call for help.
Updated information regarding U.S. 24 closures is available at www.cotrip.org or by calling 511. To receive closure updates via e-mail or text, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner. The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including Southeast Colorado – Traffic and Travel.
MANITOU SPRINGS – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has closed about ½ mile of U.S. 24 Business (Manitou Avenue), at the west end of town, after flooding damaged and weakened segments of the roadway, making it unsafe for travel.
It is closed between Serpentine Drive and U.S. 24.
Friday’s flood washed out two highway segments, both about 30 to 40 feet long and around 200 to 300 feet apart. In addition to the repairing and shoring up the road, minor repairs also are required on the Fountain Creek Bridge.
CDOT is in the process of seeking emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration and getting emergency contracting in place to begin repairs as soon as possible. Engineers estimate it could take two to three months to repair and cost approximately $1.5 million.
While old U.S. 24 is closed, U.S. 24 is the detour route, with access between the two highways available via Serpentine Drive.
Approximately 4,500 vehicles use this segment of U.S. 24 Business daily.
Additional information will be distributed after a reconstruction plan and schedule is in place.
Updated information regarding traffic impacts on this or other CDOT projects is available atwww.cotrip.org" target="_blank"> www.cotrip.org or by calling 511. To receive project updates via e-mail, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner. The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including Southeast Colorado.