Zones @ Home, School, Work

posted Nov 25, 2013, 2:59 PM by Pueblo RCN   [ updated Nov 17, 2016, 9:25 AM ]
Knowing your CSEPP Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) at Home means the people in your house are ready for an emergency at the Pueblo Chemical Depot.  Many of the zones don't have people living inside them (E1, W1, NW1, N2, and NW2).  Others have less than 100 people (NE2, E2, W2, and N1).  The most important thing for emergency officials isn't how many people live in the zone, it is do the people that do know WHICH zone they live in and do they already know which route to take to head away from the Depot.  

That is important because during an emergency on post, officials will tell people by zone what to do.  For example: "People living or working in Southeast 1 (SE1) should evacuate away from the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot Now."  You can see how important it is to know if you are inside SE1 when that announcement hits the radios and sirens.  Without some pre-planning people inside SE1 may not know which direction "away from the Depot" is.  That may mean some family discussion is past due.  During those discussions, it is important that people talk about how to re-unite with their family if forced to evacuate your neighborhood. 

This discussion isn't just for people living in the Emergency Planning Zones, it is for anyone because emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere.  Being prepared for the possibility of a neighborhood evacuation or other emergency just makes good sense.