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City to host Wildfire Neighborhood Meeting April 24
Monday, April 07, 2014


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- In an effort to increase wildfire awareness and emergency preparedness in the community the City of Colorado Springs will host a neighborhood meeting:

Thursday, April 24th
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Cheyenne Mountain High School Auditorium
1200 Cresta Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Members from Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado Springs Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuation planning and wildfire mitigation.

Specific topics include:

  • Overall Preparedness
  • Evacuations
  • Public Information During an Emergency
  • Fire Operations
  • Fire Mitigation
  • Insurance (Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association)
  • Q&A

For the past two summers Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region have experienced two of the most destructive wildfires in Colorado history.  In June 2012, the Waldo Canyon Fire devastated the northwest part of the community, taking two lives and destroying 347 homes. In June 2013, the Black Forest Fire became the state’s most destructive fire destroying more than 500 homes and claiming two lives.

“Our community has witnessed two extraordinary fires in the last two years,” said Fire Chief Chris Riley.  “But as devastating as these two fires have been, we still face a very real risk for future wildfires impacting our community.  As we enter wildfire season we are stepping up our education efforts to provide residents with the information and resources they need to be safe and act swiftly in the event of another wildfire.”

In addition to attending the neighborhood meeting, residents are encouraged to download the City’s Emergency Preparedness and Safety Guide for information on how to prepare for wildfires and all types of emergencies, and visit the Wildfire Mitigation page on www.SpringsGov.com for more information about reducing wildfire risk. 

The meeting location is wheelchair accessible. Reasonable accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing through closed captioning or sign language interpreter will be provided upon request.  Please notify Vickie Rodriguez at oem@springsgov.com or 719-385-5957. Requests should be made by Weds, April 17 to assure accommodations can be provided.  Every effort will be made to fulfill requests made after April 17, but cannot be guaranteed.

 

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