Here are some information sources for fire prevention and anticipation activities.

From Colorado State University : http://csfs.colostate.edu/pages/wf-protection.html.  Especially see the firewise notebook at http://csfs.colostate.edu/pdfs/wholenotebook.pdf.

The BLM also has some similar information at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/fire/safety.html.

These all pull information from www.firewise.org which also has more up to date news and information.

The El Paso County Sheriff has also implemented fire restrictions.  See the release here.

It's that time of year.  The board has received a report that a large bear took down a hummingbird feeder on Sandstone Sunday night.  With a very hot and dry summer looming ahead of us it is likely that bears and other wildlife will be looking for food sources that may bring them closer to human activity.  Now is a good time to take a look at your yard and make sure any attractions are as secure as possible.  Let's keep both ourselves and the bears safe.

[update Tue 6/20]

Another resident has also confirmed a bear enjoying a meal on their birdfeeders with some mild damage.  The Colorado Division of Wildlife has some information about bears on their website here.  They have local phone numbers in several cities including Colorado Springs where you can be put in contact with a bear volunteer who will answers questions you may have.  The Colorado Springs pDOW phone number is (719) 227-5200.

The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is sponsoring a FREE Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) class on May 1, 3, 8 and 10.  The class will be held at the Fire Department Complex, 375 Printers Parkway, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. each evening.  Registration is required and the registration link is http://www.springsgov.com/formpage.aspx?formid=9.

CERT provides comprehensive training in disaster preparedness and response.  Through classroom learning and hands-on training, participants will learn how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors during and immediately following a disaster.  Topics covered include disaster preparedness; disaster medical assistance; light search and rescue; fire safety; terrorism and disaster psychology.  This course does not offer certification in CPR or first aid.  Citizens must know how to be self-sufficient during the first critical 72 hours immediately following any type of disaster, whether natural or human-caused.  CERT is designed to fulfill those needs.

If you have questions, please contact me at the Office of Emergency Management at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 719-385-5957. The schedule is listed below.

CERT CLASS EVENING SCHEDULE

May 1      6:00 – 10:00 PM

6:00 – 6:45

Welcome and Introduction

Office of Emergency Management

6:45 – 8:45

Disaster Preparedness

CERT Organization

8:45 – 10:00

Disaster Psychology

May 3     6:00 – 10:00 PM

6:00 – 10:00

Disaster Medical Assistance I and II,

Station 10, CSFD

May 8     6:00 – 10:00 PM

6:00 – 8:00

Fire Safety, includes fire extinguisher demonstration

Station 10, CSFD

8:00 – 10:00

Light Search and Rescue, includes hands-on carries

Station 10, CSFD

May 10      6:00 – 10:00 PM

 

6:00 – 7:35

Terrorism, Unit 8

CSPD

7:35 – 10:00

Disaster Simulation and Course Review

Station 10, CSFD

The following link is to the national CERT training website:  http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/training_mat.shtm.  Introduction to CERTs, FEMA IS-317 is  an independent study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. It has six modules with topics that include an Introduction to CERT, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, and Search and Rescue. It takes between six and eight hours to complete the course. Those who successfully finish it will receive a certificate of completion.  IS-317 can be taken by anyone interested in CERT.  It is not required to take the May CERT  class.

We are looking forward to your participation!

Sincerely,

Pauline

 

Pauline Nelson

Senior Office Specialist
Office of Emergency Management
375 Printers Parkway
Colorado Springs CO  80910
PH   719-385-7394
FAX  719-385-7387

> The warmer weather is bringing out door to door salespeople.  The association board has received information that at least one sales team is operating in the Woodmoor area and that the association there is warning its residents about that operation.  The information we have received is included below.
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> "Warning Woodmoor residents; currently there are numerous door to door solicitors selling “Advantage Wonder Cleaners” or “20X Wonder Cleaner”. After investigating consumer complaints I found many complaints regarding the product and company, T & B Sales. Please do your research and “buyer beware” before purchasing anything from door to door sales people."
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> Please use your own guidance when dealing with door to door sales.
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> The board would also like to remind the residents that the Garage Sale and the Clean Up events are coming up very quickly.  Please see the latest newsletter (available on the website) for details.

The warmer weather is bringing out door to door salespeople.  The association board has received information that at least one sales team is operating in the Woodmoor area and that the association there is warning its residents about that operation.  The information we have received is included below.

"Warning Woodmoor residents; currently there are numerous door to door solicitors selling “Advantage Wonder Cleaners” or “20X Wonder Cleaner”. After investigating consumer complaints I found many complaints regarding the product and company, T & B Sales. Please do your research and “buyer beware” before purchasing anything from door to door sales people."

Please use your own guidance when dealing with door to door sales.

Forwarded to the RRRHOA from concerned homeowners. Please also visit the following link for information of living in areas where bears are present:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Mammals/Pages/LivingWithBearsL1.aspx

--admin

From: Circle B Farm and Ranch Supply, L.L.C.

Date: Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Subject: Bear Attacks on Livestock in Palmer Lake

Hello Amy and Greg,

We are sending this email to make sure that you all are aware of the bear attacks that have occurred in Palmer Lake in the last week. A bear has attacked two of our miniature donkeys, killed them and feasted on them. We are working with the Division of Wildlife and Palmer Lake Police to catch the bear. They have set traps, and people are staked out at night to try and capture the bear. Because the bear has killed at least twice, it will have to be destroyed. A few weeks ago, another attack occurred across Monument Creek from us and killed a neighbor's goat. It has not been confirmed that it was the same bear, but in all three instances, it has been confirmed that it was a bear who attacked and killed.

In both bear attacks, the bear climbed over tall metal panels into paddocks to capture the donkey. It has then climbed back over the fence with its prey, drug it a good distance and feasted on it. It then left the remains and climbed over another fence. We have found numerous bear prints and hair at both scenes of the attacks. It has bowed a metal panel and split an entire vinyl fence in half. We have now enclosed all of the donkeys in various locked barns at night and only let them out when we are around.

We are writing this email for several reasons: 1) To make sure you all are aware of what is going on in the area 2) To make sure you protect your pets, livestock and yourselves and 3) To keep an eye out so that we can find this bear that is doing the damage.

Although this is a very rare occurrence and we have never had any problems in the past, we must all take responsibility and reduce the number of attacks by following DOW guidelines and safety precautions. Please visit http://circlebfarmandranch.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=a10c326be5dece7842cab261a&id=b7e79ab421&e=fe4678bfddfor more information on how to live with bears and other wildlife. Please call the DOW immediately if you have any problems with attacks on your livestock or pets.

We thank you all for your support through this difficult time and hope that you are able to keep your livestock and pets safe!

Thanks,

Circle B Farm and Ranch Supply, LLC