Welcome to the SLV Emergency Website

This website is maintained by the SLV Emergency Operations Center Committee to support emergency preparedness and response in the six counties of the San Luis Valley. When we are supporting an emergency or disaster situation, we will post updates on this page.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stop the Bleed Training, October 24th, 5 pm

There will be a Stop the Bleed training on October 24th, 2019 from 5-7 pm in the SLV Regional EOC, 8900 Independence Way, Alamosa. It is in the County Services Building, Suite A/B,  on the upstairs floor.

This training is designed for the layperson to learn the life-saving action of how to slow and stop major bleeding, including using a tourniquet. There will also be a train-the-trainer session for those who are more advanced and who want to go on to share their knowledge.

Call Linda at 719-587-5199 to register.

By slveadmin on 10/09/2019 09:10 PM

MAKING SENSE OF FIRE RESTRICTIONS

SAN LUIS VALLEY – It is no secret that this has been an exceptionally dry year, and as a result, this year has the potential to bring a higher than usual number of wildfires. Local authorities around the Valley have joined others throughout the state in enacting restrictions on actions that may start accidental fires this season. Some have imposed Stage 1, others Stage 2. But what does that mean?
Jurisdictions (counties, towns, Federal agencies) use specific language when they enact restriction ordinances, so it is best to check directly with the applicable authority to get specific details. For example, they may add specific restrictions on fireworks but still allow for community fireworks displays. However, for a basic understanding of what the different stages mean, read on.
 
Stage 1 restrictions usually mean that the following are generally prohibited where fire restrictions have been established:
1.  Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except a fire within a permanent constructed fire grate in a developed campground
2.  Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials
3.  Open burning of any kind to include: trash barrels, yard waste or debris and agricultural burning except where permitted
4.  The sale and or use of fireworks except where permitted by jurisdictional authority
 
Stage 2 restrictions generally mean that following acts are prohibited where fire restrictions have been established:
1.  Building maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire
2.  Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building
3.  Operating a chainsaw or motorized equipment without an approved spark arresting device installed
4.  Blasting, welding, or other activities which generated flame or flammable material
5.  Open burning of any kind to include: trash barrels, yard waste or debris and agricultural burning.
6.   The Sale and or use of fireworks except where permitted by jurisdictional authority.
By slveadmin on 10/04/2019 04:10 PM

Fire Ban Issued in Saguache County, Effective October 1, 2019

October 2, 2019, 1:45 pm

In light of the high wildfire danger in Saguache County, which is approaching extreme, Saguache County Government has issued a stage 2 fire ban. 

The following restrictions apply:

(1) The following activities are deemed to be “open fires” for the purposes of this Ordinance and are subject to ban: (A) Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire to burn trash, debris, fence rows, or vegetation, any campfire (including in Forest Service Campgrounds), warming fire, or charcoal grill. (Propane grill fires are allowed). 

(B) The lighting of fireworks of any kind, explosives, blasting caps, or any incendiary which may result in the ignition of flammable material. 

(C) Smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building. 

(D) Welding or operating an acetylene or other torches with open flame. 

(E) Disposing of any burning material or material hot enough to cause the ignition of weeds or grass such as cigarette or cigar butts or hot coals, except in a fireproof receptacle designed for such disposal. 

(F) The use of chainsaws and other internal combustion engines unless equipped with a spark arrestor, and accompanied onsite by a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces weight capacity, and a size 0 or larger round pointed shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches. 

The following person(s) shall be exempt from the provisions of this Ordinance: 

(A) Persons with a valid permit or authorization from the Saguache County Sheriff specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act. i.e. Outdoor Cremations, agricultural needs.

(B) Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

By slveadmin on 10/02/2019 07:10 PM

Wireless Emergency Alert System Test 06/06/19

Alamosa Regional Communications Center will be conducting a test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system within the boundaries of the San Luis Valley on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at 11:00 am.

The Wireless Emergency Alert notification is a federal system that allows local agencies to send alerts to smart phones in the area. This is the same notification in which Amber Alerts are sent. During the test, anyone with a smart phone within the San Luis Valley, including travelers, should expect to receive the following alert: “This is a test of the SLV Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action required.” In the event of a real emergency the test will be postponed.

Recipients of the test alert will be asked to assist us in understanding how well the test worked by going to the San Luis Valley 911 website at www.slve911.org and taking a short, two question, anonymous survey or by commenting on the social media posts about the test via the San Luis Valley 911 Facebook and Twitter pages. Comments can also be submitted by emailing slve911.org@gmail.com.

By slveadmin on 06/02/2019 01:06 AM