Pueblo working to prevent disaster-related deaths in at-risk populations

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PUEBLO – Pueblo has been doing a great job for years planning for disasters and emergencies to ensure the local population’s needs are met. One of the reasons why Pueblo is so prepared for emergencies is because of events like the one hosted by the Pueblo Area Agency on Aging (PAAA) on Friday, December 1, 2017.
PAAA hosted their annual Aging Services Emergency Planning meeting at the Senior Resource Development Agency (SRDA) for agencies serving at-risk populations and the elderly. The purpose of the meeting was to make sure that local agencies’ disaster plans are included in the Pueblo County Emergency Services Bureau’s coordinated disaster plan for Pueblo County.
The Pueblo County Emergency Services Bureau and the Pueblo City-County Health Department co-hosted the event.
PAAA hopes this collaborative, networking environment will help prevent disaster-related deaths and injuries in at risk-populations.
“There are many dedicated professionals who work every day to ensure the safety and security of the Pueblo community! When you are prepared and informed as individuals and families, we will all have a greater likelihood of positive outcomes in the event of a community emergency.  Start with a family plan and a 72-hour kit that meets your individual needs.  Help make The Home of Heroes an example of emergency preparedness for the state of Colorado and the nation!”  John Riley, Coordinator of the Chemical Stockpile Preparedness Program said.
Information about the resources available for agencies to help prepare and plan for emergencies as well as how to keep emergency plans current and relevant was provided during the meeting. PAAA also collected feedback and information from the agencies that attended about community needs.
CONTACT: For more information about this topic, contact Valerie Koehn at the Pueblo Area Agency on Aging at 719-250-0099 or koehnv@pueblocounty.us.
Media looking for additional information may contact Paris Elliott, Pueblo County Community Information Manager, at elliottp@pueblocounty.us or 719-252-8550.