Office of Emergency Management

Preparedness Day at UCHealth Park

A day of baseball, fun and safety preparedness

Residents are invited to enjoy some Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball and participate in “Community Emergency Preparedness Day” at UCHealth Park July 14. The gates will open at 3:00 p.m. The game starts at 4:00 p.m.

Post-game activities will allow families to learn about emergency preparedness through interactive demonstrations such as Police and Fire Department displays as well as preparedness information booths will be on hand. Game ball delivered by UCHealth’s new medical helicopter “LifeLine”.  

Families can also participate in a scavenger hunt to win Vibe tickets, interact with and get autographs from Vibe players and learn useful safety information for the whole family.

“With the immense growth in our community, it’s more important now than ever before to be prepared for any type of disaster. The more people in the community that are prepared, the more resilient the community will be” said Jim Reid, Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management Director.

Many first response and/or emergency preparedness partners from the community will be on-hand to highlight community preparedness.

  • American Medical Response (AMR)
  • Colorado Springs Fire Department 
  • Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Colorado Springs Police Department 
  • El Paso County Search and Rescue
  • El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
  • Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region 
  • UCHealth “LifeLine” Medical Helicopter
  • American Red Cross of the Pikes Peak Region
  • UCHealth
  • United Way 2-1-1
  • U.S. Forestry Department
  • Home Animal Assistance 

Tickets

Partners

The event is hosted by the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency management, UCHealth, and AMR.

Event dates

Location UCHealth Park (map)
4385 Tutt Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Date/Time Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 12:40pm

Three neighborhoods to participate in wildfire evacuation exercise Saturday

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 sub-area 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, 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 Management 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 
 

Call center for Regency Tower Fire deactivated

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management has deactivated its call center in response to today’s Regency Tower Fire. There were no fatalities. Two patients were transported to local hospitals for smoke inhalation and four were treated on site. 

All 123 residents of Regency Tower have been evacuated, and an overnight shelter with food, water, cots and nurses has been set up at Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road) by the American Red Cross. Family members are encouraged to pick up loved ones at the school.

At this time, the Colorado Springs Fire Department cannot return to the building to collect additional medication. Evacuees who need prescription medication will need to go to the ER, if it’s an emergency, or contact their pharmacy.

It is unknown at this time when residents will be able to return to the apartment complex. The opening will be determined by the property manager.

Public information and reunification call center established for family to connect to residents displaced by Regency Tower Fire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management has stood up the Emergency Coordination Center in response to the Regency Tower Fire today. There were no fatalities. Two patients were transported to local hospitals for smoke inhalation and four were treated on site. 

All 123 residents of Regency Tower have been evacuated to a shelter set up at Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road).  It is unknown at this time when residents will be able to return to the apartment complex. Family members are encouraged to pick up loved ones at Cheyenne Mountain High School.

A public information call center has been established this evening starting at 5 p.m. to help family and friends reunify with residents who have been evacuated to Cheyenne Mountain High School. The call center number is 719-575-8888.

 

The City will operate on a normal schedule today, Tuesday, May 21

The City of Colorado Springs will operate on a normal schedule today.

We recognize that road conditions may vary citywide and encourage all employees to use their own judgment in determining when to report.

Any employees that have safety concerns or questions are advised to communicate with their immediate supervisor. Supervisors are encouraged to use flexibility with scheduling based on safety concerns. 

Please use caution on the roadways and allow city plows space to work.

There have already been more than a dozen reports of downed trees. To report downed trees in roadways, call 719-385-ROAD. If a tree is compromised or touching a power line, stay away from it and report immediately to Colorado Springs Utilities at 719-448-4800.

Crews are now plowing primary and secondary routes, which are multi-lane roads with large volumes of traffic or hospital access. For information about City snow routes visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/snow. Early morning crews will focus plowing efforts on primary, secondary and school routes.

City Winter Weather Hub: www.ColoradoSprings.gov/winterweather

 

Wildfire Evacuation Drill for Three Westside Neighborhoods

Residents of the Crystal Park, Upper Skyway and Crystal Hills neighborhoods are invited to participate in a wildfire evacuation drill June 8.

The drill will be hosted by El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs and the City of Manitou Springs through the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management.

During the exercise, residents will receive first-hand experience evacuating their home in an emergency. They will become more familiar with potential shelter locations and learn about various resources and valuable information they will need during a wildfire or other emergency.

Participants will be asked to evacuate their neighborhoods and travel to Holmes Middle School, 2455 Mesa Rd, in Colorado Springs, for lunch and the Community Preparedness Fair.

Evacuation Drill Timeline

  • 9:00 a.m. – Drill begins
  • 9:30 a.m. – Crystal Park residents evacuate to the fire station for a sheltering drill
  • 10 a.m. – First responders begin door knocking in Crystal Hills and Upper Skyway to notify participating residents to evacuate
  • 10:20 a.m.-10:40 a.m. – All participating residents receive an emergency message telling them to evacuate to Holmes Middle School*
  • 11 a.m.-noon – Preparedness Fair activities at Holmes Middle School (lunch, raffle drawing, informational booths, mock shelters, etc.)

*Emergency alerts for the exercise will be sent to all residents within the designated neighborhoods.  Residents not participating in the exercise should disregard messages related to the exercise.

Registration

Interested residents of participating neighborhoods may register to participate below. Registration closes the evening of Thursday, June 6.

Register Online

Community Information Meeting

Residents of the Crystal Park, Upper Skyway and Crystal Hills neighborhoods are invited to attend a community meeting May 23 at Manitou Springs City Hall 606 Manitou Ave. to learn more about and register to participate in a wildfire evacuation drill June 8.

The drill will be hosted by El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs and the City of Manitou Springs.

·                  What: Information and registration meeting for June 8 Wildfire Evacuation Drill

·                  Who: Residents of the Crystal Park, Upper Skyway and Crystal Hills neighborhoods

·                  When: Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m.

·                  Where: Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Manitou Springs, Colo.

Important Information for residents of Crystal Park, Upper Skyway and Crystal Hills neighborhoods

  • Residents who signed up to participate in the exercise should follow the pre-designated evacuation route and instructions. 
  • Residents not participating in the exercise should disregard any emergency alert messages related to the exercise
  • Residents may direct questions to SaraFant@elpasoco.com.

Event dates

Location Date/Time Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 9:00am

City to host community meeting on wildfire, flash flooding, geological hazards

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management will host two meetings in Colorado Springs to increase awareness for wildfire, flash flooding, geological hazards and emergency preparedness this spring. Colorado Springs residents are encouraged to attend one of the following community meeting:

Thursday, May 16
6– 8 p.m.
Gold Camp Elementary School
1805 Preserve Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
 

Officials from the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado Springs Police Department, and Water Resources Engineering Division will lead these discussions.

Specific topics include:

  •        Spring-Summer 2019 Forecast
  •        Flood Mitigation Reducing the Wildfire Risk
  •        Evacuation Planning
  •        Geological hazards to include landslides

Several organizations will host booths and displays to provide information on a variety of topics related to emergency preparedness and natural hazards.

“In recent years Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region have experienced both wildfire and flash flooding that have devastated parts of our community, and serve as a reminder that we continue to live with the threat of wildfire and the aftermath of flash flooding,” said Jim Reid, Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management director. “These meetings offer a great opportunity to learn more about natural hazards in our area and to receive information and resources to help prepare their family and property in the event they may need to leave their home in an emergency.”

In addition to attending the community meeting, residents are encouraged to download the City’s Emergency Preparedness and Safety Guide for information on how to prepare for wildfire, flash flooding and all types of emergencies.

Residents may also visit the Wildfire Mitigation page for more information about reducing wildfire risk or learn more about flash flooding by clicking this link

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act this meeting will be held in a wheelchair accessible location. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid to participate in this meeting should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Please notify Tobi Blanchard at oem@springsgov.com (link sends e-mail) or 719-385-5957.

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The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPR-OEM) serves the entire community of El Paso County and Colorado Springs. The regional office serves as a single point of contact during major incidences to enhance communication both during and after an event. The establishment of the PPR-OEM in January 2019 will allow the city and county to more effectively coordinate and assist first responders in an emergency as well as preparing the government and the community for a disaster.

Event dates

Location Date/Time Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Weather Updates 4/10/19

Below are updates related to the April blizzard. The City of Colorado Springs will provide information as needed throughout the event.

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 Wednesday, April 10 Blizzard Updates

Update: 7:35 p.m.

Thank you residents for keeping our city safe this snow event. Impacts were light as you heeded warnings and stayed off the roads. As our Emergency Center closes, we remind drivers that dropping temps may create a "flash freeze" and icy roads tonight. Stay safe.

Update: 5:48 p.m.

Roads will become extremely icy as temperatures drop. Please stay off the roads if possible, but if you have to drive, go slow, make sure to give city snowplows room and pack an emergency kit with food and essentials.

Update: 4:02 p.m.

Our snow plows are on full call out and will be working continuously. Plan on challenging road conditions, particularly in the northern part of the city. If possible we urge you to stay off the roads.

Update 4:00 p.m.

Red Cross Warming/Evacuation Centers are open. In Colorado Springs a center is open at:

  • Woodmen Valley Chapel – Rockrimmon Campus
  • (Independent)
  • 290 E Woodmen Rd.
  • Colorado Springs, CO

Update 3:30 p.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In preparation for the winter storm anticipated to hit Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Airport has initiated a snow alert that will continue until the storm has passed. All essential airport staff are reporting to the airport and will be running continuous shifts to ensure the airport continues to stay open and the runways safe and operational.

As of 3:30p.m., the airlines have cancelled a total of 14 out of 52 scheduled flights. COS anticipates there may be additional delays and cancellations to come and should be advised of possible impacts on tomorrow’s flight schedule. Passengers needing information regarding their flights should contact their airline directly.

         American: 800-433-7300

         Delta: (800) 221-1212

         Frontier: 801-401-9000

         United: 800-864-8331

With the forecast winter advisories in effect, travelers are advised to allow additional time and to check their flight status prior to heading to the airport.

The airport will remain open 24/7.

To stay up to date on flight status, visit https://coloradosprings.gov/flycos/flight-status.

Update 2:17 p.m.

The City of Colorado Springs will post a live video of a joint City and County press conference at 3:00 p.m. you can find the video at https://www.facebook.com/CityofCOS/.

Update 1:14 p.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) will implement a system-wide shut down today, April 10, due to inclement weather.

  • Beginning at 6:15 p.m. all buses will go to the end of their route and then return to the transit facility.
  • Last pull-out from the downtown bus terminal will be 6:15 p.m.
  • Route 40 that services PPCC Rampart Campus will shut down and return to the transit facility at 2:00 p.m.
  • Routes 23 (Galley Rd./Tutt Blvd.), 25 (N. Academy Blvd./Voyager Pkwy) and 39 (Corporate Dr./Voyager Pkwy) may shut down earlier depending on weather conditions.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

Update 12:19 p.m. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In the interest of safety of staff and reducing road congestion, all City of Colorado Springs government offices as well as the Pioneers Museum will close Wednesday, April 10, at 2 p.m. due to inclement weather. The closure applies to non-essential personnel. All emergency responders and essential personnel are required to work normal schedules.

Sertich Ice Center and all of the City’s Community Centers have cancelled Wednesday evening programs and are requesting early pickup for all children scheduled in afterschool programs. All youth and adult sports programs and games are also cancelled Wednesday.

No park closures are in effect at this time.

The City encourages people to stay off the roads, if possible, as conditions are expected to deteriorate with blizzard conditions expected north of Woodmen Road. High winds and blowing snow could cause visibility problems in several areas.

Update 11:30 a.m.

There is a blizzard warning starting at noon for northern El Paso County, Monument Ridge and parts of Rampart Range. Snow combined with sustained high winds are expected to cause limited visibility and make travel unsafe, especially in northern parts of the city. Stay off the roads if you can to avoid becoming stranded or getting in a crash, and to allow room for snow plows to work. If you are out on the road, make sure you have your winter emergency kit in your vehicle. For a list of what to include visit https://coloradosprings.gov/buildakit.

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Severe weather expected to impact El Paso County region Wednesday

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. – The National Weather Service has issued blizzard and high wind warnings to impact northern El Paso County from noon Wednesday through noon Thursday. The public is urged to prepare for blizzard-like conditions with blowing snow, possibly mixed with thunderstorms, and sustained winds between 30 and 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 70-plus miles per hour east of Interstate 25.

Snow accumulation predictions range from 1 inch in the southern part of the county and within the City of Colorado Springs, and up to 6 inches in northern El Paso County. Areas north of Woodmen Road are predicted to receive the most impact, but snow is expected to move throughout the entire county. Snow combined with sustained high winds will likely cause limited visibility and make travel unsafe. Extensive tree and power line damage is also possible.

Residents are encouraged to remain indoors and off area roads as much as possible to avoid becoming stranded or in a crash, to allow snow crews to plow major roadways, and to allow first responders and law enforcement to do their jobs and keep everyone safe. Residents should also be aware of the possible high winds and secure outdoor items or bring them inside.

County and city snow patrols and the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management are closely monitoring the progression of the storm. The Emergency Coordination Center at 3755 Mark Dabling Boulevard will activate at 2 p.m. to manage all emergency operations. Any news briefings will be held at that facility.

More than 22 county snow plows will be activated at 2 p.m. with the entire county fleet ready to deploy as conditions dictate. City crews are prepared to respond with a full activation of all snow and ice control equipment, including its fleet of 40 plows.

For information about city snow routes visit ColoradoSprings.gov/snow. Go to publicworks.elpasoco.com/road-bridge/snow-plowing for more information about county snow operations.

The National Weather Service is expected to brief emergency personnel on current conditions at noon.

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Progress continues to identify, reduce hazards for Colorado Springs community

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management has released its annual update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the City of Colorado Springs. The annual report serves as a progress update in the City’s continued efforts to identify, assess and prioritize goals and actions for mitigating the effects of natural and human-caused hazards in Colorado Springs.

The report tracked 61 action items to evaluate progress in mitigating several hazards ranging from wildfire, severe weather, flooding, geological, and human-caused. Highlights from the 2018 report include:

Achieve and maintain a Class 5 Rating from the National Flood Insurance Program

The City was notified in October 2017 that it received a Class 5 rating from The National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System. The new rating increased the discount Colorado Springs residents would receive on flood insurance from 20 to 25 percent, saving property owners approximately $500,000 in premium reduction each year.

The Combined efforts of City staff developing a comprehensive stormwater program and robust emergency operations program, along with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department’s administration of the Regional Floodplain were key to assembling the thousands of pages of documentation required for evaluation and the subsequent move to the new class 5 rating. A continuation of all these efforts is key to maintaining the current rating which will be audited by FEMA in 2019, as part of its triennial rating process.

Develop programs and allocate resources to reduce fuels in potential wildfire areas

The Colorado Springs Fire Department, City Forestry Division and Colorado Springs Utilities continue fuels reduction activities and neighborhoodA geographic sub-area 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, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. programs including neighborhood chipping, creating defensible space around homes using residential stipends, prescribed burning in remote areas, and hazard fuel reduction projects in common areas and open spaces.

Ensure the effectiveness of large-scale evacuation plans through full-scale tests that involve the public. The City conducts annual neighborhood evacuation drills to provide residents a realistic experience of evacuating their homes in an emergency. Drills include meeting at a reunification area to receive information and resources.  Residents participated in an evacuation drill in September 2018 and the Pikes Peak Regional OEM plans to conduct its 2019 drill in June. 

Coordinate the acquisition of eligible properties damaged by geologic hazards with property owners and state/federal programs.

The City has worked with participants of Colorado State’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to secure grant funding totaling more than $10 million to acquire eligible properties damaged by landslide activity in 2015. Property procurement is underway to acquire and demolish the most damaged properties to eliminate further hazard through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Evaluate ways to reduce or eliminate erosion and sloughing on stream banks

Work has been completed along several Colorado Springs creeks to secure banks eroded by recent flooding and the wildfire burn scar.  In 2018, the City began implementation of its Stormwater Infrastructure Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property. that includes an assessment of more than 250 miles of natural channels within the city limits. Monitoring of channel stability and evaluation of adjacent infrastructure will facilitate timelier, cost-effective mitigation and prioritization of work.

Pursue additional grants to implement risk reduction projects

Following the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) guidelines in maintaining a Hazard Mitigation Plan, it also establishes a blueprint to institutionalize new and existing programs, processes, and procedures to continuously reduce the impacts of hazardous events in the city. The Hazard Mitigation Plan was prepared pursuant to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to achieve eligibility for FEMA hazard mitigation grant programs including:

·         Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

·         Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)

·         Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

·         Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL)

·         Repetitive Flood Claim (RFC)

The public may view the 2018 Hazard Mitigation Strategy Annual Report by clicking here.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), anyone requiring assistance to view the plan or provide comment should make the request to the Pikes Peak Region Office of Emergency Management, 370 Printers Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80910, or e-mail oem@springsgov.com, or by calling 719-385-5957.