Residents near Garden of Gods Park encouraged to participate in wildfire evacuation drill Saturday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo— It’s not too late for residents of Cedar Heights and Manitou Springs to sign up to participate in a wildfire evacuation drill Saturday, 9:30 -11 a.m.

September is National Preparedness Month and the cities of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs and El Paso County are conducting a wildfire evacuation drill to give residents first-hand experience of what it is like to evacuate their home when a neighborhood is threatened by wildfire.

Interested residents in these two neighborhoods may visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/2018EvacDrill for more information and to sign up to participate. Registration closes 9 p.m. Thursday.

Residents in Cedar Heights and Manitou Springs may receive a simulated emergency telephone notification from the El Paso-Teller 9-1-1 Authority as part of the exercise.

Important Information for residents on the southwest side of Garden of the Gods Park

  • Residents who signed up to participate in the exercise should follow the pre-designated evacuation route and instructions. 
  • Residents not participating in the exercise may disregard this message and no further action is required.
  • Residents may see police and fire vehicles in their neighborhood between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and noon as a part of the exercise.
  • Residents may direct questions to (719) 494-6701.

Participating residents will evacuate their homes to a pre-determined location. They will receive lunch, a briefing from local emergency management, and have the opportunity to visit displays from The Salvation Army, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Wildfire Mitigation, and the Office of Emergency Management. These groups and many more are working together to prepare our neighborhoods for emergencies and disasters.

For more information residents may also contact Officer David Husted, Colorado Springs Police Department, at (719) 385-7262 or hustedda@ci.colospgs.co.us