The Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) Survey begins today. The biennial survey measures emergency readiness of the residents living both near the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot and other citizens of Pueblo County. This information is used to design awareness campaigns, determine where best to focus preparedness efforts, and to develop preparedness materials Pueblo County will use for years. A primary goal of CSEPP, which is a division of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Bureau, is to provide citizens in Pueblo with emergency readiness information so they are better prepared to cope with a disaster in our community. The answers from the survey help to do that.
This year, Pueblo County residents have several different ways to take part in the survey. In years past, CSEPP only had the ability to talk to people who kept traditional “land-lines” in their home. As more and more people shut those lines off and opted for VoIP (Voice over Internet protocol) and cellular phone lines, the voice of a large portion of the population became silent. Estimates are that nearly 50% of the nation has gone away from those traditional lines. Not knowing what that portion of the population knew about CSEPP, the Depot, and family emergency preparedness in general made it difficult to gather the whole picture of readiness in Pueblo.
PCSO Emergency Services Bureau Chief Mark A. Mears is pleased this year’s survey is designed for emergency management to hear from the entire community, regardless of the type of communication technology in their home. “We have chosen to include a call-in number, and we have launched an internet questionnaire that people can use to provide us the feedback we need. That’s two new ways to hear from that huge group we weren’t hearing from before. Of course, if people don’t participate by calling in or logging on, we won’t benefit from these changes. I’d like to really encourage people to give us those few minutes. ”
To participate in this year’s survey, please call (800-394-5726) between the hours of 5pm and 10pm or log into www.puebloreadysurvey.com. There citizens will find the same 25 questions in an easy-to-read format.