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On the night of July 7, 2011, during rush hour, the city of Denver, Colorado was hit by an unexpected rain and thunder storm.

On the night of July 7, 2011, during rush hour, the city of Denver, Colorado was hit by an unexpected rain and thunder storm. This storm flooded the streets with knee high water that poured onto the sidewalks. Today our group from the Denver Post Journalism Day visited the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management. We visited the office that was called the Joint Information Center. This division helps people get through incidents such as the flood in Denver last night. They also prepare for blackouts, tornadoes and other natural disasters. They prepare an emergency kits that include food, blankets, batteries, a flashlight and other items you may need when trapped in a building or car during disasters. They also prepare a kit for pets. They offer two pamphlets which list the items to pack in these disaster preparation kits. There are also family contact cards providing information on who to contact, their phone numbers and a meeting place for the family.

 

This Emergency Management Office sends messages for the after math of the storm. They send three types of messages. Their first priority is to send out life saving messages; this is information is on how to deal with the storm while it is in progress and how to get in contact with family ensuring their safety. Their second priority is to send out property saving messages which give information on how to keep your house from getting destroyed. And, the third and final priority is to provide reassuring messages to the citizens who experienced the disaster. This gives information on how to protect yourselves and your home for future incidents.

 

Lynn Kimbrough and Carolyn Bluhm talked to our team about their jobs and all the aspects that we have listed above. Lynn works in the aftermath of the storm field, and Carolyn works in the preparation field. Carolyn told us, "Denver is only as prepared as its citizens are." This is why we should be prepared to keep our city and our families safe.