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RENO, NEVADA, April 21, 2010— Sierra Fire Protection District is holding their annual evacuation drill on May 8th. This year’s evacuation drill involves a simulated hazardous materials spill of chlorine on the Mt. Rose Highway at Paris Court (near Fawn Lane). Homes located on the south side of the highway; specifically, the areas of Galena Forest Estates, St. James Village, Monteux, Callahan and Fawn Lane are designated to participate in this evacuation drill. This drill will impact 2,800 residents in the Mt. Rose area. This year the evacuation center will be Fire Station #39, located at 4000 Joy Lake Road. The evacuation procedures will remain similar to those of a wildfire evacuation; therefore, through this drill we will also be preparing for the onset of fire season.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Mark Regan, Prevention Captain/ Public Information Officer 775-354-9529 mregan@washoecounty.us

Sierra Fire Protection District Conducts P.R.I.D.E. Drill (Preparing Residents In Disaster Evacuations)

RENO, NEVADA, April 21, 2010— Sierra Fire Protection District is holding their annual evacuation drill on May 8th. This year’s evacuation drill involves a simulated hazardous materials spill of chlorine on the Mt. Rose Highway at Paris Court (near Fawn Lane). Homes located on the south side of the highway; specifically, the areas of Galena Forest Estates, St. James Village, Monteux, Callahan and Fawn Lane are designated to participate in this evacuation drill. This drill will impact 2,800 residents in the Mt. Rose area. This year the evacuation center will be Fire Station #39, located at 4000 Joy Lake Road. The evacuation procedures will remain similar to those of a wildfire evacuation; therefore, through this drill we will also be preparing for the onset of fire season. All Washoe County residents are invited to attend a free training class which will be held on: Thurs., April 22nd 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Galena High School Sun., April 25th 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. @ Fire Station #39, 4000 Joy Lake Rd. Sat., May 1st 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. @ Redfield Campus Wed., May 5th 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Fire Station #39, 4000 Joy Lake Rd.

The class will cover: Registering and updating residents for the Washoe County Citywatch/Reverse 911, advance home preparation, how to prepare your “To- Go” bags, defensible space evaluations, before the fire approaches, animal evacuations, and community evacuation routes, among other pertinent information. During the actual drill, on May 8th, residents will receive a free “To-Go” bag, at the evacuation center, and CPR classes for those who pre-registered at a training class.

Agencies that will take part in this drill are: Sierra Fire Protection District, Galena VFD, Washoe County Sheriff, Washoe County Search and Rescue, Washoe County Emergency Management, Reno Fire Department, Washoe County Medical Examiner, Reno E-COMM, Washoe County Animal Services, Nevada Red Cross, Washoe County GIS, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Living With Fire, and North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.

The participation and cooperation of residents will result in a safe and efficient evacuation in the event of an actual emergency. As we enter fire season, call Sierra Fire Protection District for an inspection and evaluation of your property at 775-849-1108 ext #7. Maintaining a defensible space surrounding your residence may just save your life and home. For more information visit www.washoecounty.us/sierrafire.

On May 8th at 8:30am the evacuation drill of the south side of Mt. Rose Highway will begin. The drill will have a reported vehicle accident involving a chemical transport truck at Mt. Rose and Paris Court. There will be green smoke visible, indicating a chlorine spill. Sierra Fire Protection District with Washoe County Emergency Management will activate the neighborhood phone trees and County’s City Watch program (reverse 911). The program will call the residents registered phone number with a recorded message, which tells them to evacuate to the evacuation center located at Fire Station #39, 4000 Joy Lake Road. Some residents will also be notified by teams going door to door informing the residents of the evacuation. Upon arriving at Fire Station #39 residents will be directed to the check in desk, where they will receive their free “To-Go” bags. Residents who pre-registered will also receive free CPR training. Residents will have the opportunity to meet and talk with their local first responder agencies. In addition, those participating in the evacuation drill are encouraged to explore the mobile vet units, designed to care for and shelter their animals during such an evacuation. What: P.R.I.D.E. Haz-Mat Evacuation Drill When: May 8th, 2010 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Where: Fire Station #39, 4000 Joy Lake Road