The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency ManagementThe City and County are consolidating their Offices of Emergency Management in an effort to optimize staff resources, establish a single point of contact during major incidences and enhance communication both during and after an event. The new office, the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPR-OEM) will support operations during a disaster or emergency in El Paso County and Colorado Springs.Because disaster knows no jurisdictional boundaries, we can most efficiently prepare for an emergency and respond to one by coordinating our efforts on a regional basis. The establishment of the PPR-OEM will allow the county and the city to more effectively coordinate and assist first responders in an emergency as well as preparing the government and the community for a disaster. (PPROEM) is closely monitoring the potential for damaging winds in the Pikes Peak region Thursday evening, Dec. 1 through Friday morning, Dec. 2. Local officials stand ready to respond to impacts resulting from extremely high winds anticipated in Colorado Springs and El Paso County.
The National Weather Service has issued:
- High Wind Warning in effect from Dec. 1, 8:00 P.M. until Dec. 2, 5:00 P.M. The High Wind Warning includes persistent wind gusts over 70 mph with localized gusts up to 100 mph possible. Damaging winds can blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages may occur. Travel will likely be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.
- Red Flag Warning in effect for Friday, Dec. 2, 5:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. The Fire Warning includes critical fire weather conditions likely Friday morning and afternoon. Strong gusty winds in excess of 70 mph possible. Strong winds and low relative humidity make conditions very favorable for the rapid spread and intensification of any fires.
Residents should take the following precautions before/during the upcoming event:
- Avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches.
- Secure outdoor furniture and outdoor holiday decorations.
- Seek shelter indoors during the high wind event and avoid travel if possible.
- Be on the lookout for downed trees and power lines, widespread power outages are possible.
- Fire will spread very quickly during this event, avoid any activities that could cause fire.
- Road closures are possible throughout the state, if you must travel, check COTrip.org for up-to-date road closures from CDOT.
- Make sure you are prepared for the possibility of a power outage.
Avoid travel, if possible
The National Weather Service emphasizes that high winds make travel hazardous due to high wind gusts and flying debris.
If possible, stay indoors and avoid travel. If you must travel, always maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel and be prepared for sudden shifts in wind speed or direction. Be vigilant of flying debris.
Traffic intersections may be without power. Motorists should treat all darkened intersections as a four-way stop.
Watch for and obey any travel restrictions and stay tuned to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for updates.
Residents should only call 9-1-1 for a life-threatening emergency.
Damaging winds can blow down trees.
To report a downed street tree in the public right of way in El Paso County, visit https://citizenconnect.elpasoco.com or call (719) 520-6460.
Removal of debris and downed trees on private property that are not touching power lines are the responsibility of the property owner.
For more information, please visit https://www.coloradosprings.gov/winterwind