“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being” — Albert Schweitzer

I was ready for wildfires: buckets of water and towels arranged around the outside of the house to put out flying sparks, full house backup generator with 400 gallons of propane for it to run water pump, family photos packed up ready to load in case of evacuation, truck gassed up and pointing out.

And then it wouldn’t stop raining.

Not only the Big Thompson was rising, but the side stream by my house rose 20 feet, and…

Even for the technically challenged like me who doesn’t even own a smart phone and doesn’t Text, Loss of modern communication was the hardest thing for me to lose. Nestled between foothills our small mountain community doesn’t have cell signals. And Cable? Forget about it.

When the roads and power lines were washed into the river for miles in both direction cutting us off from ‘civilization’ we built a new footpath and eventually a 4 wheeler path that clung to the side of the mountain so we could hitch a ride on the other side to get supplies. Many of…

The Beautiful Cycle of Life

I have been responding to emergencies since I was 13 years old. My mom brought me home an article about the Civil Air Patrol and how kids were learning to fly and I was instantly hooked. What I didn’t know at the time was that my love of flying would be eclipsed by my love for the emergency services field. I loved learning ground search and rescue techniques used to find survivors of plane crashes, I loved learning first aid techniques to treat injuries, and I loved working with a team of people to solve complex problems.

Submitted by Laura Levy, Pinewood Springs, CO

My Story: We all know about being prepared. When the rains kept falling in September 2013, there were several things I learned about really being prepared. Our community in Pinewood Springs lost our highways, power, phone lines and water system. We were cut off from the rest of the world for several days. My husband was stuck in Boulder and couldn’t get home so my 9 year old son and I were on our own until we could be evacuated. We only knew a few of our immediate neighbors in close proximity to…

Lessons: Next Generation

Lessons, Photos and Videos from disasters in Colorado. What is the one thing you would pass along? Submit at http://form.jotformpro.com/form/51244731345955?

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