The Pueblo Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) annual exercise is being held today, Wednesday, May 8.
The annual event is designed to test emergency response capabilities to two simulated emergencies. That response is then evaluated at the federal level.
Today's exercise will start around 9 a.m. and includes participation from the American Red Cross, ACOVA, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Pueblo Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Pueblo School District 70,Pueblo City-County Health Department, Pueblo Chemical Depot, Pueblo Board of County Commissioners, Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, Otero Junior College, Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), Pueblo City Schools, Pueblo Memorial Airport, both Parkview and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Centers, and the Fire Departments of Rye, Pueblo, Pueblo West, West Park, Boone, and Rural.
The simulated emergency will involve a chemical incident at Pueblo Chemical Depot and another non-related emergency within the county - requiring the activation of the Pueblo County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the Pueblo Community Joint Information Center (JIC), shelters, and field decontamination and treatment facilities.
Public warning systems - including telephone notifications, electric signboards and outdoor warning sirens - will be tested. Tone alerts will also be sent out across radios during the exercise.
If you see increased emergency personnel around Pueblo during these exercises, you are advised not to panic as this is just a practice exercise.
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