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Evacuation Exercise Planned for Cuchara, CO

Red Cross volunteer helping lady in a shelter
This is an opportunity for a small community in a heavily forested area to experience what might happen should there be an emergency.

Walsenburg, CO, Aug. 18, 2015 – The American Red Cross will participate with other local, county and state partners in a neighborhood evacuation drill in Cuchara, CO, Aug. 22, 2015. A demonstration evacuation shelter will be opened at the Cuchara Recreation Center located in Cuchara, CO, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The shelter is open to the public and people throughout the Cuchara Valley are encouraged to visit the shelter, ask questions and learn more about how local agencies will respond during an emergency.

Who: American Red Cross and other agencies

What: Demonstration Evacuation Shelter Open to the Public

Where: Cuchara Recreation Center, Cuchara, CO

When: Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Why: Practice evacuation of the Pine Haven subdivision

Participating agencies include the American Red Cross, Colorado State Patrol, Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office, Huerfano County Emergency Management, La Veta Volunteer Fire Protection District, La Veta Volunteer Fire Protection District Auxiliary and the Huerfano County Board of Commissioners and the residents of the Pine Haven Subdivision.

“This is an opportunity for a small community in a heavily forested area to experience what might happen should there be an emergency,” said Sally Broomfield, disaster program manager for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado. “The more we practice the better our response will be.”

For more information contact Dennis Hoyt at 719-890-0275.