FEMA Helps Eagle and Surrounding Counties Prepare for 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
It’s February 5, 2015—a day of Downhill Training for both men and ladies at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek.
While the eyes of the international ski racing community are focused on the Beaver Creek racecourses, a train derails on the Colorado River Road, 50 miles west of Beaver Creek, with dozens injured and five fatalities.
Shortly thereafter, a tanker truck is involved in a rollover accident with four cars on Interstate 70, causing a hazardous material spill between Eagle and Gypsum, which requires a partial evacuation of the Town of Eagle. And, to make matters worse, a set of speakers at the World Championships Medals Plaza falls on a group of spectators causing multiple injuries.
Welcome to a day in the life of Eagle County during a recent emergency preparedness exercise conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), using the 2015 World Championships as the premise. Over the course of the four days of training and incident simulations, over 70 local and regional emergency personnel took part, learning how to better coordinate efforts, resources and communications during an emergency situation.
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror. In March of 2003, the agency became a part of the Department of Homeland Security.