Two neighborhoods near Garden of Gods Park encouraged to participate in September wildfire evacuation drill

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Residents encouraged to attend informational meeting Thursday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— The City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the City of Manitou Springs invite residents in the Beckers neighborhood of Manitou Springs and Cedar Heights (behind Garden of the Gods Park) to attend an informational meeting Thursday evening to register to participate in a wildland fire evacuation drill on Saturday, Sept. 8.

This exercise is seeking residents from the following neighborhoods:

· Manitou Springs – Beckers neighborhood only

· Cedar Heights

Participating residents will evacuate their homes to a pre-determined location. They will receive lunch, entered in a drawing to receive an evacuation kit, receive a briefing from local emergency responders, and have the opportunity to visit displays from American Red Cross; The Salvation Army; Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region; Wildfire Mitigation; and the Office of Emergency Management. These groups and many more are working together to prepare our neighborhoods for emergencies and disasters.

Pre-Evacuation Sign-Up Meeting

Thursday, Aug 23

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Manitou City Hall

606 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Evacuation Drill

Saturday, Sept. 8

9:45 a.m. – noon

Instructions to follow

The evacuation drill is part of efforts to build awareness for overall preparedness during National Preparedness Month in September. For information and to register to participate visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/2018EvacDrill.

For more information, contact Officer David Husted, Colorado Springs Police Department, at (719) 385-7262 or hustedda

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