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PRESS RELEASE: Peterson AFB opens evacuation shelter

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Peterson Air Force Base opened an emergency evacuation shelter at the Peterson Fitness and Sports Center for military members and families affected by the Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires June 11.

The shelter is open to all personnel with base access and can accommodate approximately 100 people. The shelter will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

"We want to ensure all personnel affected by these fires know there are resources and support available," said Col. Chuck Arnold, 21st Mission Support Group commander. "We have cots, drinking water and shower facilities available to evacuated military families."

Pets cannot be accommodated at the shelter. More information about locations to shelter animals evacuated by the Black Forest Fire can be found on the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region website at Personal weapons are also not allowed in the shelter.

The fitness center will not open for regular fitness center patrons until the shelter is closed or is no longer needed. The aquatics center and outdoor fitness locations remain unaffected.

Personnel living in the pre-evacuation or evacuation zones are recommended to have their bags packed in the event of a short-notice evacuation.

A few suggested items to pack include critical documents such as passports, social security cards, birth certificates and bills of sale; clothing including three days of full outfits and towels; child care supplies such as diapers, formula, and favorite pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals; medications and toiletries; pet supplies; and electronic devices such as cell phones, computers, and chargers.

Questions regarding the shelter can be directed to the Peterson AFB Facebook page at Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing or by calling the Fitness Center at 556-4462.

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