Emergency Management

Contact Us

  • Phone: 970-328-3545
    Fax: 970-328-8694

    Emergency Management
    P.O. Box 850
    Eagle, Colorado 81631

    emergency@eaglecounty.us

    Call 9-1-1 for emergencies
    or 970-479-2201


Test tornado warning to occur on April 17

Contact: Barry Smith, Emergency Management Director at 970-328-3545 or barry.smith@eaglecounty.us

Eagle County and the Vail Public Safety Communications Center will join the National Weather Service Grand Junction Forecast Office and the Colorado Emergency Broadcast System in issuing a test tornado warning between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. April 17. While tornados are not common in Eagle County, the test will be conducted as part of Colorado's Severe Weather Awareness Week which takes place April 15 through 21. The topic on April 17 is tornado safety.

Two local warning systems will be tested on Tuesday including EPN, the 911 call back system which provides recorded voice information over the phone, and EC Alert which provides text messages and emails to those who have subscribed to the service.

Citizens are asked to note that phone calls made by the EPN system can be hindered by devices that screen computer generated phone calls, or cordless phones that do not function during electrical outages. Emergency response officials offer these tips to ensure residents receive emergency notification phone calls:

  • Be sure to answer your phone. Caller ID will show the caller as the Town of Vail, with a phone number of 970-479-2201.
  • Listen to the entire message. They will always start with “This is the Vail Public Safety Communications Center calling on behalf of…”
  • Do not call 911 for more information.

All residents are strongly encouraged to subscribe to EC Alert at www.ecalert.org, a notification system used to contact subscribers immediately during urgent or emergency situations. Unlike EPN, the service is customizable and provides citizens with useful information and updates by sending messages to a variety of devices:

  • Email accounts
  • Cell phones and pagers
  • Smartphones, PDAs and other handheld devices

EC Alert is a user-maintained subscription service and registration is free, although text messaging fees may apply based on individual cell phone plans.

Community members who do not receive any notification of the test tornado warning by 10:30 a.m. on April 17 should email emergency@eaglecounty.us or call 970-328-3545. Emergency responders will work to ensure all residents are able to receive critical information in the event of an emergency. For more information on the test, contact Eagle County Emergency Management Director Barry Smith at 970-328-3545.