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Health Dept. preps for emergency survey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - El Paso County is looking for solutions after the Waldo Canyon Fire. They want to know how emergency responders can better handle disasters, and are looking to residents for help using a survey.

The burn zone is a reminder of last summer's tragedy. Residents like Valerie Kromberg said it was tragic, but an opportunity to learn.

"I think you can always improve on your response to any kind of tragedy or disaster," said Kromberg.

The El Paso County Health Department is taking that opportunity with a new survey. It will randomly select homes in the burn zone and places like Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City. Researchers want to know how you felt about the emergency response to the fire

 "This truly is an opportunity for them to have a voice in how we approach preparedness in this community in the future, and it give them a chance to share to share their experiences with how they handled emergencies in the past," said Lisa Powell, the emergency preparedness and response coordinator .

Participants will get a bag with emergency prep tips, and flashlights that don't require batteries.

The door-to-door surveys are April 12 and 13, and should take about 15 minutes. Survey teams will be clearly identified by blue shirts with CASPER logos and will be wearing identification badges.

Residents in targeted neighborhoods may be visited between the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Names of residents participating in the survey will be kept confidential. Residents can decline to answer any question, or they may decline to participate in the survey.

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