Fire Information

Know, listen, and follow emergency instructions! During times of an emergency, it is critical to understand the terminology used by public safety officials. All emergency notifications from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office will utilize the same terms regardless of the hazard. It is your responsibility to be familiar with these terms because they can save your life.

Pre-Evacuation Warning

Public safety officials may issue a Pre-evacuation Warning for your area. This means that there is a high probability that you will be ordered to evacuate.

  • You need to act immediately to prepare to leave 
  • If you need transportation assistance, arrange it now 
  • If you need additional time to evacuate, get prepared to leave now
  • If you are in a Pre-evacuation Warning area, YOU DO NOT have to wait to be ordered to leave, get your things together, and get moving
  • Continue listening to local radio, television, or the official agency social media outlets for further instructions

 


 

Evacuation Order

Public safety officials will issue an Evacuation Order if your area is in imminent danger.

  • If you receive an Evacuation Order, you must leave IMMEDIATELY
  • If you are not at your home when an Evacuation Order is given, DO NOT try to go home
  • Continue to listen to local radio, television, or the official agency social media outlets for further instruction

 


 

Shelter-in-Place

Public safety officials may advise you to Shelter-in-Place. This means that the best way to stay safe in an emergency is to get inside a building or vehicle. 

  • Where you should stay can be different for different types of emergencies
  • Act quickly and with purpose
  • Continue to listen to local radio, television, or the official agency social media outlets for further instruction