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Reflections on Veterans Day; new app helps you be prepared


Last updated 11/16/2021 at 4:31pm | View PDF

I hope all are enjoying a lovely day. Last week I was happy to be able to participate in a couple of Veterans Day ceremonies, including a morning Fountain Valley Flag Raising ceremony and a Colorado Springs wreath laying ceremony at "the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month..." My most memorable photo from the day was of 96-year-old WWII veteran and former prisoner of war Ed Beck laying a wreath at the POW/MIA memorial (see photo). Thanks again to all those who have served our great country.

The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPROEM) has launched Pikes Peak Prepared, a new app to help the community prepare for disasters. The new app delivers vital information and tools, including digital guides, videos, news articles, checklists and FAQs to help individuals prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies in the area. In addition, it features a space to build your own emergency plan customized to your specific needs. Users can stay informed about upcoming events and receive alerts from FEMA and the National Weather Service. The app is available on Apple and Android devices.

"The app puts as much information as a stack of preparedness books right on your phone, and it's an interactive way for us to help the community get prepared," said Jim Reid, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management. "I hope citizens will take advantage of this great resource." Pikes Peak Prepared currently features information on: Wildfires; Winter Storms; Individual Preparedness including "build your plan"; Psychological First Aid; Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs; Readiness for Pet Owners; and General Individual Preparedness Tips.

Additional resources, surveys, and announcements will be added regularly. Pikes Peak Prepared is available to download at Apple App Store or Google Play.

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Ed Beck, WWII veteran and former POW, lays a wreath at the Colorado Springs POW/MIA memorial on Nov. 11.

Also, El Paso County Commissioners are seeking community-minded citizen volunteers to serve on the Fairgrounds Corporation. Applications for the open position are due by Nov. 26. The Fairgrounds Corporation is a non-profit corporation established by the Board of El Paso County Commissioners to acquire, manage, and/or hold a liquor license assigned to the El Paso County Fairgrounds; to coordinate the use of the El Paso County Fairgrounds for special events which the consumption of alcohol is desired; and through its operation, to provide funding to support the El Paso County Fair, the El Paso County Fair and Events Complex, and the El Paso County 4-H program.

Meetings for the Corporation are held on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Swink Hall on the El Paso County Fairgrounds, 366 10th St., Calhan. The volunteer application can be found at and can be accessed at: Thanks, and enjoy a wonderful week.


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