In an effort to increase community wildfire preparedness, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will be hosting one community “area of refuge” virtual evacuation drill in collaboration with Squaw Valley Fire Department, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Placer County Sheriff, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Fire Safe Councils, and the residents of Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows. The virtual drill will take place on Saturday, September 12 at 4pm.
While the primary plans for wildfire in Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows include evacuation from the area, this drill will simulate the limited scenario of a wildfire closing Highway 89 in both directions and moving toward Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows. In such a scenario, existing community fire plans employ the ski resort parking lots as “areas of refuge.” For these drills, simulated evacuation orders will be sent through Nixle and Nextdoor, informing participating residents to virtually evacuate. The drill will include a simulated evacuation. Additionally, Squaw Valley Fire along with North Tahoe Fire and Placer County Sheriff will be available to answer questions and provide additional fire-related resources. Anyone is welcome to participate in the drills, and all local residents and homeowners are encouraged to participate in their respective valley. Ron Cohen COO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will wrap up the drill with a Q&A session.
What to do Before the Virtual Evacuation
- To prepare for the drills and for true emergencies, residents and homeowners are asked to register for Nixle and Nextdoor emergency alerts.
- Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Placer Alert. This system will be used in case of a real emergency.
How to Join the Virtual Evacuation Drill
The Virtual Evacuation Drill will include screenshare presentations. You can access the meeting through the link below. In order to participate from your desktop, you simply need to click on the Meeting link. Choose “Continue on this Browser” if you don’t have Microsoft Teams installed. If you are joining on your phone, you will need to download the free Microsoft Teams app in order to view the presentation.
To join the meeting via phone for audio-only presentation, dial in with this phone number and conference ID:
- Call: +1 213-279-1097 United States, Los Angeles (Toll)
- Conference ID: 751 609 340#
|3:55pm||SVPD to push Nixel messaging|
|3:55pm||Next-Door messaging push by David Stepner|
|4pm||Welcome message and brief introduction with Kyle Crezee and Pat Fraser|
|4:05pm||Valley specific remarks from Allen Riley|
|4:15pm||Brief fire preparedness resource remarks from Erin Holland|
|4:25pm||Squaw Valley Firewiseupdate from David Stepner|
|4:30pm||Alpine Meadows Firewise update from John Moise|
|4:35pm||PCSO update from Paul Long|
|4:45pm||Closing remarks and Q&A with Ron Cohen|