ARTICLES ABOUT disaster response

December 28, 2018

Safety Update: Responding to Subsidence

Subsidence can sneak up on you. Be sure you know what to do if you notice cracks in buildings and foundations.

October 19, 2018

Ready for Anything: Responding to Landslides

More advice from our guide on responding to disasters both big and small.

July 14, 2015

Emergency Response Procedures: Responding to Broken Pipes

Breaks in water pipes can occur suddenly at any time of the year, though most commonly in winter. No matter the weather outside, these events can cause tremendous damage to the inside of your facility.

April 13, 2015

Emergency Response Procedures: Responding to Natural Gas Leaks

Natural gas is a relatively inexpensive and clean way of providing hot water and heat. If it leaks, however, it can present a tremendous danger to anyone in your facility and surrounding areas. A natural gas explosion can level a building, severely damage or spread fire to surrounding structures, and cause serious injuries and deaths.

April 13, 2015

Safeguarding Against Spring Thaw Flooding and Storm Damage

Spring is now officially here, and as the warmer weather settles in to stay, the winter season’s snow can melt rapidly, pushing rivers and streams to the brink and dramatically increasing the risk of flooding.

October 1, 2014

Emergency Response Procedures: Coping with Power Outage

When most of us think about emergency planning, we think about fires, earthquakes and other large scale disasters. It is also important to consider much more routine, but potentially damaging and costly events such as power failures. How will you cope when a power outage interrupts work at your district?

April 14, 2014

Preparing for the Next Tornado

There were 33 tornadoes in Colorado in 2012, and April is the peak month for tornado activity. These events can be hit or miss, but the damage that results can be catastrophic. Is your district prepared? Preparedness is key to keeping your district’s property, and more importantly your employees, safe from harm.

January 5, 2014

Managing Media During a Safety Incident

When disaster strikes, and the media comes knocking, do you know how to respond? Board members and managers are the first people reporters will want to interview, and the first who will be asked what went wrong and why. These are crucial opportunities to mitigate a problem before it explodes into a PR disaster.

April 18, 2013

How to Protect Your Business During a Windstorm

Contributed by Zurich Insurance Your first concern during a severe storm is personal safety. Depending upon your type of business, you may decide to keep some employees on site during a storm. If you decide to allow employees to volunteer to remain onsite as an Emergency Response Team (ERT), ensure that local authorities will allow […]

March 19, 2012

Spring Thaw and Flood Danger

Snow melt in the Colorado River basin can bring rivers and streams to the brink of flooding. Rapid snow melts and heavy rains can cause flash flooding. Severe hail storms can worsen flooding by clogging storm sewer inlets and impeding surface drainage.