Evacuation drill aims to better prepare community for emergencies

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– The Pikes Peak region is no stranger to natural disasters.

In just the past few years, we’ve dealt with wild fires and flooding so agencies from across the region are getting prepared for similar situations that could happen in the future.

Seventeen different fire agencies, the Red Cross and the Humane Society are teaming up to practice how they would handle another wildfire.

Around 40 households in the Broadmoor and North Cheyenne Creek neighborhoods evacuated their homes, bringing pets and emergency supplies with them.

Organizers say emergency responders constantly train to be better prepared, and they’re hoping the event will encourage the community to do the same.

“We also want to encourage citizens to go back to their neighborhood and talk about these scenarios,” Colorado Springs Deputy Director for the Office of Emergency Management, Bart Howard said. “We don’t know if there’s an elderly person in a neighborhood who might live alone and not get information so when neighbors check neighbors, that’s the best scenario.”

Organizers say it’s also a good idea to register your phone number for emergency notifications at ElPasoTeller911.org

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