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Report: Colo. evacuation plans fall short

DENVER – Colorado doesn’t have adequate plans for mass evacuations during a catastrophe, and its preparations for most other contingencies got only a qualified endorsement in a government analysis released Friday.A Homeland Security Department report rated how prepared states and major cities are in 10 categories. Colorado was rated “sufficient” in only three, “partially sufficient” in six and “not sufficient” in one – evacuations.Aurora, Colorado Springs and Denver were also evaluated. Aurora fared the worst of the three, getting an insufficient rating in four categories and a sufficient rating in two.Denver did best, with two ratings of sufficient and eight of partially sufficient. Colorado Springs was sufficient in one category and partially sufficient in the other nine.Neither Denver nor Colorado Springs had any “not sufficient” ratings.”We look at ratings as numbers, but we work to be operationally sound,” said Justin DeMello, director of Denver’s Office of Emergency Management. “It’s good to see where we fare, but in all honestly, we’re working to be as prepared as we possibly can.


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