El Paso County Public Health seeking volunteers for full-scale exercise

El Paso County Public Health is participating in a full-scale, statewide Public Health Emergency Response Event scheduled to exercise and test the community’s response procedures during a health crisis. The event is planned for June 15-17, 2017.

“This exercise is an opportunity to assist in identifying training needs and areas for emergency preparedness improvement,” said Tom Gonzales, El Paso County Public Health’s Deputy Director. “Public Health and individual agencies will practice their plan with the state’s response system to test how effective the collective response to a public health threat will be.”

El Paso County Public Health invites the community to participate in the exercise on Friday, June 16 from noon – 2 p.m. at Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Drive, Colorado Springs.

About 200 volunteers are needed to walk through a mock clinic to test Public Health’s emergency dispensing procedures. This may include: filling out intake forms, consulting with public health staff, or receiving “medicine.”

Volunteers are important because they will help El Paso County’s response system practice their procedures, and allow people to learn more about what they, their family or organization would do during a public health emergency.

Participants will be entered to win one of three grand prizes. No registration is required. For more information about volunteering, call (719) 578-3165.

This exercise will test the response to a hypothetical disease outbreak, including:

●       resource distribution, medical countermeasures dispensing and distribution

●       information sharing

●       the ability to coordinate among multiple emergency operations centers

Follow @PHEDex2017 and @EPCPublicHealth on Twitter, and www.elpasocountyhealth.org for exercise updates and information.                                



Danielle Oller

Public Health Information Officer


El Paso County, CO