Rockrimmon Area Neighborhood Evacuation Drill

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Residents from the Discovery, Comstock Village, and Golden Hills neighborhoods in the Rockrimmon area are invited to participate in a wildland fire evacuation drill and preparedness fair.

First responders will use this drill for to practice evacuation procedures and multiagency response coordination, relying on public participation to make it a realistic exercise.

The evacuation drill is part of efforts to build awareness for overall preparedness during a wildfire.

“Evacuation drills like this are an excellent way to understand how and why to evacuate. We practice so that when we really need to evacuate during an incident, we are not learning how to do it for the first time. On this tenth anniversary of the Waldo Canyon Fire, we want to make sure we keep improving our community’s safety by practicing how to evacuate.” 

-Jim Reid, 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. Director

Participating residents will evacuate their homes to a pre-determined location. They will receive lunch, be entered in a drawing, receive a briefing from local emergency responders, and have the opportunity to visit educational displays.

Test notifications

Please be aware that there will be two test notifications from PeakAlerts.org on Saturday.  The language in those messages is below.

If you do not wish to participate in the wildland fire evacuation drill, you can disregard these messages on 6.25.22.

Notification Language for Practice Evacuation Drill

9:45 AM TEST Pre-Evacuation Notice

TEST TEST TEST. This is a test of the Emergency Notification System.  If this were real, the evacuation language would say, “PRE EVACUATION WARNING for Rockrimmon HOA’s due to a wildland fire. Be prepared to leave. If you are in danger, evacuate immediately. If you need extra time or help to evacuate, consider leaving now. For more info, tune in to local media.”

TEST TEST TEST. This concludes the test notification.

 

10:30 AM TEST Evacuation Order

TEST TEST TEST. This is a test of the Emergency Notification System for the Rockrimmon Evacuation Drill on June 25, 2022.

If this were real, the evacuation message would say, “EVACUATION ORDER  for Rockrimmon HOA’s due to a wildland fire. Everyone in the area is ordered to evacuate immediately. For more info, tune in to local media”.


TEST TEST TEST. This concludes the test notification.

Register for the drill

The drill will take place Saturday, June 25 from 9:45 – noon.
Pre-Registration is required
 and participation will be limited.
Instructions about how to participate will be provided to registered participants

Residents of the Discovery, Comstock Village, and Golden Hills neighborhoods can register online, or at the Pre-Evacuation Sign-Up and Preparedness Meeting.  

Register online  | Instructions and Door Placard

Participating agencies

Agencies participating include Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments, The American Red Cross; Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region; the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management, and many more organizations that support local emergencies. 

These groups and many more are working together to prepare our neighborhoods for emergencies and disasters.