Finalists Selected for What If? Colorado Reality Competition

Nine Colorado Residents from Across the State will Live Together for Four Days while Facing Emergency Preparedness Challenges

DENVER (September 13, 2007) – The Emergency Preparedness and Response Division (EPRD) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced today the nine finalists who will be competing in the What If? Colorado reality competition, taking place at The Gregory Inn Sept. 20 – 23. The nine finalists will face a variety of challenges designed to engage and inform them – and the general public – on emergency preparedness and influenza issues.

The nine finalists have been chosen from across the state:



  • Mathew Raynak, Granby
  • Cameron Adl, Durango
  • Sophie Parrott, Durango
  • Michael Cox, Pueblo
  • James Amos, Pueblo
  • Bob Morrow, Walsh
  • Ken Lewis, Greeley
  • Kary Rivera, Boulder
  • Julia Sotomayor, Green Mountain Falls


Video auditions of Colorado residents over the age of 18 were submitted during the month of August for consideration in the What If? Colorado realit y competition, then a group of judges from the CDPHE selected 31 semi-finalists in early September. The semi-finalistsí video submissions were then featured on the What If? Colorado Web site (www.WhatIfColorado.com) and from Sept. 7 – 12, Coloradoans were encouraged to vote online and by e-mail for their favorite contestants. Eight regions of the state were represented by the semi-finalists. The contestant with the highest number of votes in each region was chosen as a finalist, in addition to the contestant with the highest overall votes, regardless of the region where they live.

Through a generous donation from HealthONE, each of the nine finalists will receive an Apple 30 gigabyte iPod and the overall winner of the competition will receive a cash grand prize of $2,500. To watch the competition, log onto www.WhatIfColorado.com from Sept. 20 – 23 for updates and new episodes.

What If? Colorado is a statewide, six-month campaign from the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division (EPRD) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The campaign asks Coloradoans to consider how well they are prepared for a sudden emergency, such as a severe snowstorm or power outage, as well as more long-term emergencies such as an outbreak of pandemic influenza. In addition, the campaign prescribes specific actions residents can take to better prepare themselves for such inevitable conditions. Specific objectives of the campaign include:

  • To increase the number of Colorado citizens who develop emergency kits for their homes
  • To empower Colorado citizens by giving them concrete actions they can take to prepare for emergencies and prevent the spread of illness during an influenza pandemic
  • To inform Colorado citizens about pandemic influenza and how it differs from seasonal influenza
  • To partner with the Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC) to increase the number of Colorado citizens who receive seasonal influenza vaccinations
  • To increase the number of Colorado citizens who develop emergency kits for their homes
  • To empower Colorado citizens by giving them concrete actions they can take to prepare for emergencies and prevent the spread of illness during an influenza pandemic
  • To inform Colorado citizens about pandemic influenza and how it differs from seasonal influenza
  • To partner with the Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC) to increase the number of Colorado citizens who receive seasonal influenza vaccinations


About the “What If? Colorado” Campaign
The Emergency Preparedness and Response Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has developed a new statewide six-month campaign titled “What If? Colorado” to inform citizens, increase the number of Coloradoans who receive influenza immunizations and encourage residents to assemble an emergency preparedness kit for their homes. For further information, please visit www.WhatIfColorado.com or call the Colorado Help Line: 1-877-462-2911.