Preparing the community and its Fire Department for a worse-case-disaster scenario is a critical priority for El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts.
This year the El Dorado Hills Fire Department will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise in the Lakehills neighborhood, an area considered high risk for wildland fire. It will involve the community, law enforcement and many local fire agencies and will test every aspect of El Dorado Hills emergency preparedness.
The “Reverse 911 System” (an emergency notification system that facilitates rapid evacuation instructions) will be put to the test as well as the use of social media and other technology that supports emergency communications to a community.
The El Dorado Hills Fire Department has requested that all Lakehills residents and others residing in high-risk areas attend a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on May 16, at Lake Forest Elementary School, 2240 Sailsbury Drive in El Dorado Hills.
The purpose of the meeting is to educate and prepare residents for a large scale fire and evacuation. The “Ready, Set, Go” program, designed to prepare families in the event of a disaster, will be presented. Fire, law enforcement and other officials will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. The meeting will also inform Lakehills residents of a multi-agency disaster and evacuation exercise scheduled for June 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“This is an unprecedented event for the community,” said Chief Roberts. “The lessons learned from this type of exercise will ready first responders and residents for a variety of emergencies that hopefully never occur.”