COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency ManagementThe City and County are consolidating their Offices of Emergency Management in an effort to optimize staff resources, establish a single point of contact during major incidences and enhance communication both during and after an event. The new office, the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPR-OEM) will support operations during a disaster or emergency in El Paso County and Colorado Springs.Because disaster knows no jurisdictional boundaries, we can most efficiently prepare for an emergency and respond to one by coordinating our efforts on a regional basis. The establishment of the PPR-OEM will allow the county and the city to more effectively coordinate and assist first responders in an emergency as well as preparing the government and the community for a disaster. has stood up the Emergency Coordination Center in response to the Regency Tower Fire today. There were no fatalities. Two patients were transported to local hospitals for smoke inhalation and four were treated on site.
All 123 residents of Regency Tower have been evacuated to a shelter set up at Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road). It is unknown at this time when residents will be able to return to the apartment complex. Family members are encouraged to pick up loved ones at Cheyenne Mountain High School.
A public information call center has been established this evening starting at 5 p.m. to help family and friends reunify with residents who have been evacuated to Cheyenne Mountain High School. The call center number is 719-575-8888.