Friday, May 4, 2018

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Click Here For Survey: Test Emergency Notification Warning Systems May 2

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The Vail Public Safety Communications Center is asking for the community’s help as it prepares to test two emergency warning notification systems during the first week of May. The Wireless Emergency Alert notification is a federal system that allows local agencies to send alerts to cell phones in the area, even if they haven’t subscribed to the local EC Alert notification system. View frequently asked questions on the system at

Emergency management officials plan to initiate the local wireless alert test at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 within Vail’s boundaries. This is the same notification in which Amber Alerts are sent to disseminate information about a missing person. During the test, anyone with a cell phone within Vail - residents, employees, guests and travelers on Interstate 70 between milemarkers 172 and 182 - should expect to receive the following alert: “EC EMO: TEST emergency message. Go to to provide feedback. No other action needed.” Variable message signs on I-70 will be used to alert travelers of the local test. In the event of a real emergency, this test will be postponed to another date.

Recipients of the test alert will be asked to assist the 911 call center by completing a short survey that will be included in the test message. This includes information about when they received the message as well as their physical location. To encourage participation, survey-takers will be entered in a prize drawing in which multiple $100 gift cards will be awarded.

Also on May 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., residents of West Vail may hear test messages broadcast over a speaker system as officials evaluate the effectiveness of a long range acoustic device that will be temporarily installed at the West Vail Fire Station. The device is a powerful, directional speaker that has the ability to be heard a quarter mile away. The test messages may also be audible inside buildings and will last 15 seconds at a time with a pre-recorded message: “This is a test of an emergency notification system, no action is required.”

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Centro de Comunicaciones de Seguridad Pública de Vail a probar el Sistema de Alerta de notificación de Emergencia 2 de Mayo

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Tomar la encuesta el 2 de Mayo 

El Centro de Comunicaciones de Seguridad Publica de Vail le pide ayuda a la comunidad mientras se prepara para probar dos sistemas de notificación de emergencia durante la primera semana de Mayo. La alerta inalámbrica de emergencias es un sistema federal que le permite a las agencias locales enviar alertas a celulares en ciertas áreas, aunque no se haya suscrito al sistema de notificación de alerta del condado (EC-Alert). Para ver preguntas frecuentes acerca del sistema:

Los administradores planean iniciar la prueba de alerta local el día Miércoles, 2 de mayo a las 12:30pm, de entre los límites de Vail. Esta es la misma notificación que se envía para la “Alerta Naranja” cuando se reporta una persona extraviada. Durante la prueba cualquier persona que tenga un celular y esté entre los límites de Vail- Residentes, Empleados, Invitados, y viajeros en el interestatal 70 y que estén entre los marcadores de milla 172 y 182 deberían esperar recibir la siguiente alerta: “EC EMO: PRUEBA mensaje de emergencia. Vaya a y déjenos su opinión. Ninguna otra acción es necesaria de su parte.” Al igual que algunos mensajes y anuncios serán utilizados en el interestatal para avisar a los viajeros de la prueba local. En el evento de una emergencia real, la prueba se pospondrá hasta futuro aviso.

A los destinatarios de esta prueba se les pedirá que ayuden al centro del  911 a llenar un breve cuestionario que será incluido en el mensaje. El cuestionario incluirá información acerca de cuándo recibieron el mensaje, al igual que su dirección física. Para alentar su participación, los participantes entrarán a un sorteo con la oportunidad de ganar una de las muchas tarjetas de regalo con valor de $100.

Al igual el día 2 de Mayo, desde la 1:30pm a las 3:30pm, algunos de los residentes del área Oeste de Vail escucharán los mensajes por el altavoz. Los oficiales evaluarán la efectividad del sistema acústico a larga distancia que estará temporalmente instalado en la Estación de Bomberos del Oeste de Vail. Este poderoso dispositivo cuenta con bocinas direccionales con la posibilidad de ser escuchadas desde una distancia de un cuarto de milla. El mensaje también puede ser escuchado dentro de algunos edificios y durará por lo menos 15 segundos con el siguiente mensaje: “Esta es una prueba del sistema de notificación de emergencia, no se requiere ninguna acción de su parte”.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Last post until needed: The legacy of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Note: This is the last post of the Eagle County PIO group in supporting the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This site will be reactivated in the event of an emergency for dissemination of critical public safety information. Take time to sign up for future alerts from this site, follow us on Twitter @EagleCountyPIO and on Facebook at EagleCountyPIO to receive future updates.

After 14 days of thrilling races and phenomenal hospitality throughout Eagle County, the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships have come to an end. The memories of gold medal runs by Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety, Tina Maze and the heartwarming efforts of Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and the other athletes will be remembered for years to come.

The Local Organizing Committee has received accolades from the FIS for hosting an event that has exceeded expectations on all fronts with an estimated 130,000 spectators filling the stands for the races and crowds of upwards of 200,000 when the ancillary events at Championships Plaza at Solaris in Vail and Après Avon are included - plus an estimated television reach of 1 billion viewers. All the while, more than 700 public safety representatives worked to strike a balance in creating a friendly and secure environment under the leadership of a unified command structure headed by Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger, Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek, Colorado State Patrol Major Barry Bratt and Eagle County Paramedic Services CEO Fred Morrison.

The legacy of the 2015 Organizing Committee and Public Safety Command will live on with more than 2,000 staff and volunteers that have been trained in the “If You See Something. Say Something” community awareness program. Our thanks to everyone for their support and participation.

Members of the Public Safety Command Group during a morning briefing.

Partner Profile: Lake County Office of Emergency Management

It takes more than a village to host an event such as the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Joining local efforts to make this a fun and safe event is nearby Lake County Office of Emergency Management. The Director of Lake County Office of Emergency Management Mike McHargue has served as Joint Information Center Manager and Leadville/Lake County public information officer Betty Benson has served as JIC staff and field PIO during the event. The JIC is the coordinating body of information to the public and media.
Betty Benson and Mike McHargue

“We believe there is great value in helping our neighboring county whenever possible and developing stronger ties with all agencies in Eagle County, said McHargue. "We also believe that being involved with this well organized effort enhances our skills and broadens our perspective when an event occurs in our county or when we assist other counties,” said McHargue.