El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton left July 17 for Emittsburg, Maryland, home of the Emergency Management Institute, one of several training facilities for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She’ll be there until July 29, taking emergency preparedness training.
Littleton has embraced the concept of being prepared for a disaster, as one of her focuses as a commissioner. She also took a course through the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and has seen the emergency operation centers at the five military bases in Colorado Springs, as well as the city.
She said she wants to create a “YOYO” booklet (You’re On Your Own) that discusses personal responsibility during emergency situations and how people can prepare for natural and manmade crises.
“We may not have a tsunami in Colorado Springs, but I think people sense the impending financial tsunami nationwide,” she said. “None of us has ever gone through the type of financial Depression that I think we’re getting ready to face. I’d like to do a ‘personal responsibility for dummies’ type of booklet , so people can learn what they need for a week’s worth of supplies and other aspects,” she said.