Community Preparedness

How to Prepare


emergency-kit.pngHow to prepare

All personnel should maintain a basic level of preparedness for all potential hazards.

  • You are encouraged to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about what might happen.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
  • If power is out longer than 2 hours, throw away food with a temperature higher than 40°F.
  • Make sure you have flashlights and batteries including a spare battery or hand-crank charger for your cell phone.
  • Make sure you have a battery-operated or hand-crank radio or TV.
  • Stockpile plenty of nonperishable food and bottled water.
  • Back up computer files regularly.
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit. Visit 
  • Make a family emergency plan. Visit

Keep Informed


Keep Informed

Fort Carson uses multiple resources to inform our community about severe weather, emergencies, delays, closures, and more.

Fort Carson website

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Follow “U.S. Army Fort Carson” on Facebook for important updates. 

Power Outages


During a power outage

During a power outage, keep freezers and refrigerators closed. Pack dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, refrigerated medicines and other items that can quickly spoil in a cooler surrounded by ice to extend their usability.
Keep all electronics fully charged. Have extra batteries ready for flashlights and radios. Avoid candles that can cause house fires. 
Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
More information about power outages can be found online at

Garage doors

Garage doors can be manually opened during a power outage. Ensure the door is not locked and there is nothing preventing it from opening.

  • Unplug the power source to the garage door.
  • Pull the red emergency cable release cable to open and close the garage door.

Traffic Safety

To stay safe while driving, be prepared for possible delays and use caution when driving.

  • If the power goes out at a stoplight, then treat the intersection as a four-way stop and everyone should come to a complete stop before proceeding.
  • Right-of-way: if intersections have no signage or signals, drivers should yield to traffic on their right and to cars already crossing the intersection.

Drinking Water

Water purification systems may not be functioning when the power goes out, so water may be unsafe to use. Drink and use water that has been bottled, boiled or treated with iodine tablets and a filtration system.

Power Outage Tips Traffic light safety during power outage

Other Disasters and Emergencies


Other Disasters and Emergencies

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