Evacuation drill planned for Round Hill, mid-Kingsbury next week
STATELINE, Nev. – If you see fire engines, emergency personnel and people evacuating their homes near Round Hill and Kingsbury on May 2, remember it’s a test – it’s only a test.
A number of local agencies have partnered to take part in an evacuation drill that will simulate a wildfire and its consequences.
“We’re bringing together all the community and government entities that would play a role in a event like this,” said Bob Cook, event co-chair and Chimney Rock Fire Safe Chapter project coordinator.
The drill is slated for 3 p.m. May 2 and will affect the neighborhoods of Round Hill and Middle Kingsbury, Cook said. Beginning at 2 p.m. reader boards along the main highways will inform visitors and residents that there is an evacuation drill in progress.
The drill simulates that a wildfire has started on U.S. Forest Service property behind the sewer plant above Sewer Plant Road and is threatening both neighborhoods, Cook said. It will test residents’ preparedness to evacuate their homes in the event of a wildfire like the Angora fire, he added.
Participation is not mandatory, Cook said. Douglas County Dispatch will place reverse 911 calls into the threatened neighborhoods to give residents evacuation instructions.
Residents of the neighborhoods will receive door hangers this week to inform them about the events.
“If they choose to evacuate they will hopefully see that you can’t really evacuate everything out of your house in five minutes,” Cook said.
Elks Point Road between Mc Faul Way and Paiute Drive will be closed from 3 to 5 p.m.
The event will conclude by 5 p.m. followed with a free barbeque for drill participants, residents and the media at the top of the parking garage by the Tahoe Courthouse across from Lakeside Inn. Participants should visit the Red Cross booth near the Transportation Center at Stateline before going to the barbeque, Cook said.
This drill includes the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue/Posse, Red Cross, U.S. Forest Service, Douglas County Emergency Management, 9-1-1 Communications, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Highway Patrol, Douglas County Sewer Improvement District, Kingsbury General Improvement District, Round Hill General Improvement District, Douglas County Parks and Recreation. The event is co-chaired by Kevin Kjer, Steve Johnson and Glen Smith.쇓
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