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Great Plains Region
Billings, Mont.
Media Contact:
Kara Lamb
(970) 962-4326
Jeff Foley
(719) 486-4191

Released On: November 16, 2004

Emergency Response Exercise To Be Held Monday
Local emergency management agencies will hold an emergency response training exercise on Monday, November 22, at the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel Treatment Plant in Leadville, Colo. The exercise is co-sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Lake County Office of Emergency Management.

The exercise will be live and occur in real time between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Residents of the Village at East Fork may notice increased emergency vehicle activity around the Village entrance. Local residents might also notice activity around the treatment plant as agency employees walk through various steps of the exercise.

During the exercise, the Bureau of Reclamation will perform a test of its emergency notification systems. Residents in and around the Village at East Fork will hear warning sirens and a pre-recorded emergency announcement in Spanish and English. Throughout its broadcast, the siren announcement will clearly state, "this is a test."

The purpose of the exercise is to test inter-agency communications and response plans. Lake County Emergency Management, Reclamation, and other emergency agencies routinely test emergency response plans in order to maintain readiness should an emergency event actually occur.

For questions regarding the emergency exercise, please contact either Kara Lamb with the Bureau of Reclamation or Jeff Foley with Lake County's Office of Emergency Management.

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