Three neighborhoods to participate in wildfire evacuation exercise Saturday

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Area residents may receive simulated emergency phone notifications, see emergency vehicles

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Residents in three west Colorado Springs and El Paso County neighborhoods may receive simulated emergency notifications by telephone and see emergency vehicles in their neighborhoodA geographic sub0area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, the period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to noon, as part of a wildfire evacuation drill.

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. is 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.
 
Residents in the following neighborhoods may receive a simulated emergency telephone notification from the El Paso-Teller 9-1-1 Authority as part of the exercise. 

  • Crystal Hills
  • Crystal Park
  • Upper Skyway

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 9 a.m. and noon as a part of the exercise.
  • Residents may direct questions to the Colorado Springs Police Department’s non-emergency number at (719) 444-7000.

Participating residents will evacuate their homes to Holmes Middle School. There they will receive breakfast, a briefing from local emergency responders, and have the opportunity to attend an information fair to agencies such as The Salvation Army, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Wildfire Mitigation, The Independence Center, and the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management. These groups and many more are working together to prepare our neighborhoods for emergencies and disasters.

Residents may visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/2019EvacDrill for more information. Residents may also contact Officer David Husted, Colorado Springs Police Department, at (719) 385-7262 or hustedda@ci.colospgs.co.us