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Northeast Colorado Springs and County alerted to "BE READY"
Tuesday, June 11, 2013


“Black Forest Fire” Update – July 11, 9:15 p.m. MT

Northeast Colorado Springs and County alerted to “BE READY”

El Paso County, CO. - City and County officials are alerting residents in the vicinity of Black Forest and northeast Colorado Springs to “BE READY.” 

“BE READY!”  If you are not in the current evacuation or pre-evacuation areas there is currently no immediate danger to your home, family, or business, but the fire is growing and may be moving toward you as weather and wind conditions change.  Now is the time to get ready. Refine your evacuation plans, and gather the things you’ll need if you must evacuate.

What to do

Families & Individuals – Refine your evacuation plan

  • Decide where you will go. Learn the location of any Red Cross shelters that have been opened.
  • Decide what route you will travel to reach safety.
  • Pack the supplies you, and your pets, will need to sustain your quality of life for up to two weeks.
  • Pack the important records or special belongings you will need to take with you.
  • Decide where to meet if family members are separated.
  • Ask someone outside the area to serve as your family contact point.
  • Consider moving important family records, family heirlooms, and property (motorcycles, extra vehicles, etc.) to a safe location.
  • Consider moving large animals to a safe location, such as a friend’s property or a large animal shelter.
  • Since power outages are common during many emergencies, learn ahead of time how to disconnect your automatic garage door opener and open the door manually.
  • Consider plugging a traditional land-line telephone directly into a phone jack in your home. When power is lost, traditional phone lines will still let you send/receive calls.
  • If you have not yet done so, register your cell phone to receive emergency notifications: http://www.elpasoteller911.org. NOTE: New registrations may need up to 24 hours to take effect. Never rely on emergency telephone notifications as your only source of information.
  • Cell phone service may be interrupted or diminished during emergencies due to high call volumes. Consider text messaging or use of social media to communicate with family members.
  • Stay connected to a source of official information (TV, radio, or Internet) to be immediately alerted if conditions should change.

Persons with access, functional or medical needs, do all of the above plus:

  • Arrange for any specialized transportation or help that you will need to evacuate.
  • Pack your medical equipment, specialized supplies, and medications.
  • If you have not yet done so, call 2-1-1 to add your name to the Emergency Evacuation Registry. This confidential and secure system lists persons who cannot evacuate without assistance. You will be asked only about your transportation needs, not about your medical condition.

Residential Healthcare Facilities:

  • Confirm availability of specialized transportation.
  • Review facility evacuation plans.
  • Review continuity of operation plans.

Other Businesses & Organizations:

  • Develop a roster or checklist to account for all employees.
  • Review facility evacuation plans.
  • Review continuity of operations plans.

For more information on Evacuation orders, visit: http://shr.elpasoco.com/ and click on the “Ready, Set, GO!” icon.

 

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