Wildfire and emergency evacuation drill in Comanche Trail neighborhood is attempt at creating shareable program for vulnerable communities

Houston City Council members voted to reverse 220 firefighter layoffs that were approved in April.

Houston City Council members voted to reverse 220 firefighter layoffs that were approved in April.

As part of a preparedness exercise event organizers are calling the first of its kind for the state of Texas, a Western Travis County neighborhood will undergo a wildfire and emergency evacuation drill.

The drill will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 2 in the Comanche Trail neighborhood. A press release states the exercise will be led by Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea, the Comanche Trail Community Association and various Travis County first responders.



During the drill, participants will learn what to do in case of wildfires, simulate quick home and community evacuations and see fire suppression efforts, the release states, adding there will be an after-action review to debrief and give feedback to the Travis County officials conducting the drill.

The release quotes Shea as stating the 2011 wildfires in Central Texas were a clear signal that more preparedness is needed for similar emergencies.

“Ultimately, our goal with this wildfire drill is to create a pilot program we can share with other vulnerable communities,” Shea said.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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