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Meeting Notes: January 16th, 2018

BOULDER COUNTY VOAD QUARTERLY MEETING #1

16 JANUARY 2018 / 3:00 PM / BOULDER OEM

ATTENDEES

Craig Schmidle (Chair), Thalia Foster (Boulder County Care Connect), Mary Eldred (Boulder County), Stephanie Walton (FHUW), Joycelyn Fankhouser (Boulder County), Dennis Whalen (Nederland Food Pantry), Jaclyn Kurle (State of Colorado), Tiernan Doyle (Secretary), Katie Arrington (Boulder County), Garry Sanfacon (Boulder County), Andrew Notbohm (Boulder County), Aaron Titus (Co-Chair), Patrick Van Horne (Team Rubicon), Ron Collins (Red Cross and Longmont CERT), Lisa Widdekin (Boulder County), Jason Bukartek (Boulder County), Philip Foster (Red Cross), Don Parcher (Red Cross), Earl Perry (Boulder Mountain Fire PIO)

AGENDA

Introduction to Officers

  1. Craig Schmidle (Chair)
  2. Aaron Titus (Co-Chair)
  3. Tiernan Doyle (Secretary)
  4. Stephanie Walton (At-Large)
  5. Joyce Glazier (At-Large)

VOAD Operations Manual

  • A guide to the Boulder County VOAD is on the website and also available in print form. This guide contains a record of past VOAD activity, current emergency response plans, current membership contacts, and can be used as a recruiting tool when discussing the VOAD with potential new members.
  • Email Tiernan with any updates or to request at print copy (tiernan@bocostrong.org )

Boulder County Office of Resilience and Recovery

Garry Sanfaçon and Katie Arrington from the Commissioner’s Office are establishing an Office of Resilience and Recovery in Boulder County. Katie Arrington will be working with the VOAD to provide a connection to that office. This office will be focused on internal county resilience. BoCo Strong is merging with Foothills United Way and will be focusing on outward facing, community resilience.

VOAD Purpose and Activities

From Craig: During a disaster, VOAD doesn’t have much of a part; it is the individual agencies that take part in actual response activities. Rather, it is the interconnectedness of the members that give a VOAD its strength.

VOAD Committee Updates

See below

ACTION ITEMS

1. The VOAD is looking to expand membership to make sure we are covering needs and different communities around the county. Think about the following questions and send your responses along to Tiernan and Craig: Who should be a part of VOAD? Who hasn’t been attending meetings and should be? What connections do you have that would be of use for the Boulder County VOAD?

2. Would anyone be willing to be a VOAD liaison? This position is the front line of contact during an emergency and helps to coordinate communication between VOAD officers and Boulder County HHS. Contact Tiernan if you have even the slightest bit of interest (tiernan@bocostrong.org)

3. What volunteer opportunities exist in your organization? What skill sets are you looking for? If there are specific gaps in your volunteer pool or needs that you have then please send that information to Craig. He is working on increasing connections between VOAD members.

4. Don’t forget that the annual CEMA conference and annual COVOAD meeting are coming up. More information can be found here (www.cemacolorado.com)

DISCUSSION NOTES

Key Areas for the VOAD to Move Forward

Trainings: share who is doing what, ideas, opportunities, current volunteer types

Credentialing: ideas, current practices, best practices

Connections and membership: As chair, Craig would like to move forward with meeting individually with member representatives to discuss organizational capacity and activities.

Volunteers: Compare lists of volunteers between organizations in order to identify where people are cross-listed so that they are not over-burdened

Communication Capacity: what capacity do organizations have to communicate, what are the backup plans for internal and external communications.

Bernie reminds us that interconnections are already an important part of the BoCo VOAD. Salvation Army cooperates closely with Southern Baptists and LDS. There is a clear recognition that one organization can’t do everything.

The faith community has a great deal of latent capacity and more could be harnessed in order to respond to disasters. How each church is engaged should be up to the individual church. Even if the church doesn’t want to be a VOAD member then they could take actions to plug into response or to identify opportunities for congregants to participate as volunteers before an event happens.

Don: Communications are vital during and after a disaster. Resources are also important and a resource list should be available after the disaster.

Public Health practices creating a dispensing point to hand out medications, etc. There are many non-clinical roles that could be filled by non-skilled volunteers

Could Public Health do an exercise with the VOAD?

Larimer VOAD has been active with a variety of exercises including podcasts about what resilience means to different community leaders. Aaron would be happy to facilitate some different activities.

Team Rubicon is now working on rebuilding post hurricane, especially in Houston. They are doing a series of projects in Boulder, Lyons, Longmont to look at not only flood recovery but also mitigation. They will keep the network updated on what support they need from other VOAD members.

VOAD Committee Meetings

Volunteer Engagement

Foothills United Way has been working on planning for executing their MOU with Boulder County on how to engage and work with spontaneous volunteers and setting up a volunteer reception center. Other representatives from VOAD members met to talk about VOAD capacity for handling volunteers and what best practices could be for managing and directing volunteers to organizations during an event. FHUW is taking the lead on a digital platform for engaging volunteers before an event. It remains an open question how volunteer energy can be harnessed and functionally employed during a disaster.

Behavioral Health/Spiritual and Emotional Care

This committee is working on institutionalizing the Mental Health Voucher Program. Boulder County has identified an intern to work with this committee. The program helps introduce people into therapy or other services so they can find the help they need after a disaster. If there are faith-based organizations interested in being part of this committee to participate in spiritual and emotional care then they are welcomed at this table. Stephanie (stephanie.walton@unitedwayfoothills.org ) and Joycelyn (jfankhouser@bouldercounty.org ) are leading these efforts

FUTURE MEETING DATES

Future BoCo VOAD meetings will be held quarterly, on the 3rd Tuesday from 3:00 to 5:00. Please mark your calendars for April 17th, July 17th, and October 16th. Details on agenda and location will be sent out closer to the date of the meeting.

Proposed meeting topics include evacuation (including large animals), sheltering and feeding, and spontaneous volunteers.

March 13, 2018 / by / in
Meeting Notes: January 17th, 2017

BoCo VOAD

Meeting Minutes

January 17, 2017

Present:

Julie Phillips, Mike Moore, Patrick Van Horne (Team Rubicon), Julie Kurzawa (Foothills United Way), Linda Drullinger, Tamara Jenlink, Joycelyn Fankhouser, Mary Eldred, Mariah Henderson (City of Longmont OEM/Americorps), Andrew Notbohm, Tiernan Doyle, Aaron Titus, Mickey Ellenwood, Marta Loachamin, Aimee Kane (City of Boulder)

Next meeting:

Tuesday, March 7th from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., location TBD

 

  • Announcements and Discussion

 

 

Larimer County VOAD Hosting an exercise focused on Long-Term Recovery

TBD–tentatively scheduled in April

MWVOAD Conference

Sunday April 23 to Tuesday April 25, 2017

Longs Peak United Methodist Church

1421 Elmhurst Drive

Longmont, CO 80503

$100 registration early bird

 

CEMA Conference

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 to Thursday, Mar 2, 2017

Colorado Springs

Hotel Elegante

2886 S Circle Dr.

Colorado Springs, CO  80906

1 Day Attendee ($125.00); Full Attendees ($275.00); free to attend the COVOAD quarterly meeting

 

City of Longmont Resiliency for All (presented by Marta Loachamin)

Inclusion of Latinos/Spanish speakers

–30% of the community in Longmont

–Identifying barriers/gap needs analysis

–Developing recommendations

–share findings with local municipalities

–expand resources to Spanish speakers, through cultural brokers

–focus groups

–compañeras (women’s group)

–presentation of findings (collaboration with BoCo Strong) will occur at the end of 2017

 

BoCo Strong 2016 Work Plan (presented by Tiernan Doyle)

Objectives:

–Focus on collecting information from member organizations

–Creating a directory/Membership information

–Membership recruitment

–Better understanding of response timeline, resources, and existing agreements

–Citizen preparedness groups that already exist/connecting them with the VOAD

–Being more cognizant of disaster trainings and programs throughout the county

–harness that energy and provide more direction to the community

–Create guidelines to better serve specific communities in the county (cultural context)

–IMA/mountain community

–communicate better regarding their specific needs/resources

–focus on documenting process and cross-training to preserve institutional memory

–Full report available on the BoCo VOAD website

 

2017 Goals

Improve Membership involvement by hosting two focused meetings (one in May and the other in Nov)

Top goals from the Nov 2016 annual meeting:

Plans/Processes

 

  • Resource guide updates/capacity survey
  • Clarify roles of existing safety net organizations (not involved in VOAD)
  • Joycelyn and Tamara to spearhead
  • Case Management Readiness Master Plan

 

Training/Exercises

 

  • Psychological first aid
  • Henry (MHP) will be able to instruct
  • Tamara Jenlink motioned to make Psych First Aid a priority
  • Linda Drullinger seconds
  • Motion passed unanimously
  • Henry confirmed willingness to instruct
  • Trauma Informed Training
  • Table Top Exercises
  • Overall suggestion: priority to have training throughout the year, not necessarily every month
  • Mary Eldred requests a calendar of all upcoming training
  • Tiernan says this already exists on BoCo VOAD website, please send any training to her to be added

 

Members/Organizations/Groups to recruit

 

  • Humane Societies
  • Via
  • Financial Assistance/Counseling
  • Community Foundations

 

 

 

  • Action Items

 

Tentative Calendar:

February: Pscyh First Aid

March: Planning meeting/COVOAD

April: Long-term Recovery training (Larimer County VOAD)/MWVOAD/State of VOAD Meeting

May: Training

June/July: Summer Exercise

August: Training

September/October: Fall Exercise and Resilience Summit

November: Training

 

Trainings to be scheduled:

Psychological First Aid (Henry Mitchell)

How to Prepare for Everything (Aaron Titus)

Disaster Communications (Andrew Notbohm)

Trauma (Tamara Jenlink)

Discussions:

BoCo VOAD discussion regarding the latino community/cultural context

Exercises:

 

August 21, 2017 / by / in
Meeting Notes: November 2nd, 2016

BoCo VOAD

Meeting Minutes

November 1, 2016

Present:

Julie Phillips, Mike Chard, Joycelyn Fankhouser, Garry Sanfaçon, Linda Drullinger, Mike Moore, Tamara Jenlink, Julie Van Domelen, Stephanie Walton, Joyce Glaser, Don Parcher, Ian Anderson, Ben Genzel, Mary Eldred, Katie Arrington, Tiernan Doyle

Next meeting:

Fun Time! Happy Hour at Fate Brewing from 4:00-6:00 on December 6th
January meeting TBD

 

  • Presentations and Discussion

 

 

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities during a disaster

  • Navigating the post-disaster recovery system: how does it work for those with a disability or pre-existing condition?
  • Case Study: Ben Genzel and his Lessons Learned
    • Has traumatic head injury and PTSD: can be difficult to recognize, but has major impacts on day to day life and functions
    • Examined experience post-flood as a social audit
    • Three years later, has finally collected all necessary paperwork; would advocate for ombudsman to cut through red tape and bureaucracy
    • Would like recognition for those in community with pre-existing conditions; (experienced denial of validity of preexisting conditions after the flood) and accommodation made for those conditions
    • Disasters are double disasters for those with disabilities
    • For those with disabilities, it is difficult to navigate system; advocacy and assistance are necessary throughout the entire recovery process
    • Referral to other support agencies is not enough; there cannot be an assumption that safety nets are operational or that they will catch everyone (esp. on a suitable timeline) or that they are able to address the specific needs of each individual

 

Election of Officers

  • The officers put for election were Julie Phillips Chair; Aaron Titus Co-Chair; Mickey Ellenwood Secretary; Tiernan Doyle At-Large Member
  • There were no other nominations
  • Julie Van Domelen moved that the slate of officers be approved as Julie Phillips Chair; Aaron Titus Co-Chair; Mickey Ellenwood Secretary; Tiernan Doyle At-Large Member; Mike Moore seconded the motion; the motion passed unanimously with no abstentions.

 

Review of VOAD in 2016

  • February – Smart Phone Disaster Simulation
  • March – Adopted Crisis Clean-up
  • May – Participated in Boulder County wildfire simulation
  • June – Met with Longmont OEM to discuss VOAD involvement
  • July – Held joint meeting with IMA
  • July – Present – response and recovery for Cold Springs Fire
    • Early response was very effective; partnerships with the EOC have put great plans into place and showed in coordination between DAC, Salvation Army, Red Cross, LDS, CO Baptists. The VOAD also participated in debriefs and community meetings. Approximately twenty nine community members have applied for Mental Health Vouchers. The emotional wellness committee continues to monitor this. Team Rubicon has cut down close to 300 trees and have helped 6 or 7 homeowners in Nederland and they will return in the spring.

Discussion of goals and actions for 2017: Roving Flip Charts

1) What Plans/Processes do we need to work on for Response and Recovery? (those answers receiving the most votes are in bold)

  • Resource guide updates/capacity survey
  • Clarify roles of existing safety net organizations (not involved in VOAD)
  • Case Management Readiness Master Plan
  • More robust communication between members
  • Define how VOAD is involved in Boulder County Recovery Plan
  • Compilation of Agency Assets
  • Aggregate and centralize local, state, national OEM plans
  • Define MOUs
  • DAC Coordination with Boulder County
  • Refine Voucher Program
  • Training/Exercises from After Action Report – Improvement Plan – Planning Development
  • Improve COOP for VOAD before and when emergencies happen
  • Matrix of disasters – define size/type/services for different disaster levels
  • Focus on plans for post-response

2) What Training/Exercises would you like to see in 2017? (those answers receiving the most votes are in bold)

  • Psychological first aid
  • Trauma Informed Training
  • Table Top Exercises
  • Case manager trainings
  • Resource guides
  • Needs assessment trainings
  • ICS 100, 200, 700
  • SUVs
  • Donations Management
  • Sheltering
  • Community preparedness expo/training
  • Disaster communication training/exercise
  • Evacuation exercises
  • Facilitation training

3) Whom do we want to see involved in BoCo VOAD? (those answers receiving the most votes are in bold)

  • Humane Societies
  • Via
  • Financial Assistance/Counseling
  • Community Foundations
  • LUV
  • Lyons Prepared
  • Goodwill
  • Businesses
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • More municipalities
  • Boulder County Care Connect
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Access and Functional needs org reps
  • Local university groups
  • Nonprofit legal services
  • Boulder County Fairgrounds

 

Idea for December social

  • Fate Brewing Company, Tuesday, December 6

    Action Items

  • Come to Fate Brewing Company on Tuesday, December 6th from 4:00-6:00PM and enjoy some VOAD social time!

 

August 21, 2017 / by / in
Meeting Notes: July 28th VOAD/IMA Meeting

BoCo VOAD and Inter-Mountain Alliance

Meeting Minutes

July 28, 2016

Present:

Amy Hardy, Katie Harrington, Tiernan Doyle, Janike, Julie Phillips, Deanna Coffey, Karelle Scharf, Amy Danzl, Grace Miller, Lois Ott, Dawn Baumhover, Marcia Converse, Rick Andris, Charlie Van Houten, Jane Van Houten, Pam Sherman, Lise Hildebrand, Mary Eldred, Joyce Glazier, Mike Moore, Jaime, Henry Mitchell, Joycelyn Fankhouser, Andy McGregor, Mike Mussler, Jan Mussler, Maya, Gary Sanfacon, Kyle McCatty, Ken Lenarcic, Bill Ellis,

Next meeting:

August 2, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

I.      Announcements

Peak to Peak Task Force meeting from last week

  • Lessons learned
    • Communications plan
    • Learned about Boulder County Plan
    • No animals to the Boulder County Fairgrounds
    • Better iron out community plan
  • Discussed how to support surrounding towns with Nederland resources in case of future events
    • Ramping up Ned services
    • Accurate communications

DAC

  • Over $20,000 in gift cards
    • 290 individuals, 117 households
    • Came from BoCo HHS fund
  • Three SNAP replacements
  • Four brand new applications for medical and SNAP
  • Case Management activated for homeowners that lost property
    • Community feedback: the proactive contact was appreciated
  • FUW raised between $13,000 and $14,000
    • Used for MHV program
  • Go Fund Me pages

Irresponsible Camping

  • Not to refer to it as homeless/transients
  • Seven unattended campfire calls on Saturday in Indian Peaks
  • Not all fires are from homeless
    • Denver people
    • Alcohol involved
  • Meeting with Forest Service on Tuesday, August 2nd from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Community Center

Commissioner’s meeting

  • Fire mitigation/ban
  • 11 a.m

OEM

  • Updates on flash flooding risks
  • Updates on debris on roads from CDOT
  • Fire mitigation outreach

II.     Discussion

Event activation steps

  • Sherriff activates OEM
  • Open the EOC
  • Activating ESFs
    • Mass care, etc.

Mass Care/Boulder County EOC Process

  • Handles logistics/MOUs with shelter locations
    • Utilities
    • Transportation of animals
    • Evaluating road closures/etc. to make decisions
  • Lessons learned
    • Better communication with police/fire/first responders

Indian Peaks Radio Club

  • Checked in with EOC/BCARES
  • Tied in with IC—attending daily briefings
    • Updates on communications
  • Fully staffed—help from Allenspark
  • BCARES hats worked for credentialing

Nederland Shelter process

  • Public Works brought up cots
  • Red Cross arrived with Shelter trailer and set up their cots
  • Three spaces for firefighters, people with animals, people without
    • Showers available
  • Food pantry set up inside shelter
  • The Salvation Army serving meals
  • Lessons learned:
    • Iron-out the animal sheltering plan
      • Having additional volunteers to watch animals

Mental health

  • Local group of mental health providers first responders
    • Communicated needs to EOC
    • Shaped the MHP behavioral health response
    • Equipped/staffed to handle first 48-72 hours
      • Support from Boulder County/MHP
    • ESF8 activation
      • AFN assessments
    • MHV
      • $500 for an individual
        • Will allow massage therapy and acupuncture

VOAD Role

  • Behind the scenes
  • Staff the EOC
  • FUW manages donation
  • Working with other agencies
    • BC and HHS takes lead in recover
  • Donations/member agencies help
  • Messaging to the community
    • Social media
  • Connecting agencies to utilize resources
  • Needs in recovery
    • Cleanup/volunteers
    • Mold, chainsaw, etc.
  • Crisis Cleanup
    • Property information/needs information
    • Partner with 211, Disaster Assistance Center

OEM

  • Suggestion: to update the online information better
    • Evacuation notices
    • Road closures
    • Information on the fire
    • PIO/working with the media
    • Even if the “update” is “there are no updates”, it will be better perceived by the public

Fire mitigation

  • Contact Wildfire Partners for more information

 

August 1, 2016 / by / in
Meeting Notes: Peak to Peak Human Services

Peak to Peak

Meeting Minutes

July 20, 2016

Present:

Next meeting:

I.      Announcements

 

298 individuals

117 households

$19,750.00 in gift cards to 109 households

20 bus passes

3460 downtown

Email option

 

 

II.     Discussion

 

Communications Plan

  • Notifying Town Administrator
  • Comm from OEM/Fire Dept needs to be centralized
    • Updates on a 24-hour basis not enough
    • Displaced persons won’t come up from Boulder/surrounding areas for meetings
    • Town of Nederland PIO
    • Social Media
    • Can Town of Ned take initiative on comm/updates
      • What if disaster is elsewhere? Ward?

 

Sheltering (American Red Cross)

  • Turnover with shelter managers was challenging
  • Firefighters didn’t want to fill out paperwork
  • Building security
  • Partitioning off the sleeping quarters

 

Mental Health Response

  • Nederland Mental Health Team is on call
    • Amy Skinner
    • Various practices and licenses
  • Felt dismissed by Boulder County
    • Need to have a communications plan between MHP, Boulder County and Mental Health team in Ned
  • First 72 hours can be handled by local mental health team
    • Beyond 3 days, look to supporting organizations for mental health workers

 

Animal evacuation

  • Need a communications plan for large animal evac
  • Boulder County Fairgrounds is not a viable option
    • Larimer County/Estes is closer
  • Pet shelter at Nederland HS
    • Formalize, MOU
    • Decide a process/rules and regs
  • Town should not be responsible for animal evacuation/rescue
  • Small animals and Large animals
    • Need to formalize care
    • Food/supplies and medical
      • Where do resources come from?

 

Elderly/Access and Functional Needs

  • Some seniors were unable to get things out of their home during evacuation, because they just don’t have the strength/ability
  • How can we get people to assist in evacuations?
  • EPAC (Emergency Preparedness Action Committee)
    • PODS system
    • Phone tree
    • Identify persons who may need help in an evacuation, outreach
    • Individual safety plans

 

Disaster Assistance Center

  • Closing today
  • Still option to go downtown, or get in touch by email
  • Can set up appointments
  • There is about $2250 left in gift cards
  • Faith Network is working on getting more support
  • How can we connect people that need volunteers for removing debris/slurry
    • People can call 2-1-1
    • Add to Peak to Peak resource guide
    • Get Crisis Cleanup information posted on Town of Nederland
      • Also, put it up in the hardware store

 

United Way Fund

  • $12,000 unofficial number
  • Helping to support Boulder County with gift cards

 

Campers/Transients in the mountain community

  • There is a reduction in hitchhiking
  • Will be a community meeting to discuss on August 2nd
    • Location and time TBD
  • Community concerns of trash and fires in restricted areas
    • Reduced resources to be monitoring fires/campsites

 

 

July 22, 2016 / by / in
Meeting Notes: 7/20 Conference Call

BoCo VOAD

Meeting Minutes

July 20, 2016

Present:

Julie Phillips, Aaron Titus, Tamara Jenlink, Mickey Ellenwood, Julianna Lochte, Linda Drullinger, Mary Eldred, Lyn Heydt (Colorado Friendship), Kathy Russell, Audry (EFAA), Mike Moore, Doug and Fermin (2-1-1), Hadi (Boulder Mosque), Don Parcher, Tiernan Doyle

Next meeting:

Thursday, July 28 from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Fourmile Fire Station
  Tuesday, August 2 from 3 – 5 p.m. Location TBD

I.      Announcements and Discussion

 

Peak to Peak task force meeting

  • Debrief of the Nederland fire

 

Next VOAD Meetings

  • Thursday, July 28 at the Fourmile Fire Station
    • Joint meeting with the Inter Mountain Alliance (IMA)
  • Tuesday, August 2nd from 3 – 5 p.m.
    • VOAD debrief of fire response

 

Emotional/Spiritual care committee

  • Exploring option for voucher program
  • Assessing needs of the committee
  • Funding is the biggest question
    • From there, decide how to approach tiers of services, funding caps, etc

 

Faith Network

  • Churches are collecting donations in response to the fire
  • Coordinating with Food Pantry on how to support, write a check or gift cards
    • Chris Current directly discussing
  • Grocery gift cards is also an option
  • Kristi with Nederland Clothing Closet is working on opening a clothing “store” option
    • Deacon’s closet will work with her to support
    • Need to communicate a place/date/time to bring up clothing
    • Liz from Colorado Friendship also available to support

 

Clean-up Needs

  • 2-1-1 reports a total of 5 calls submitted to Crisis Cleanup
    • Other services requested from 2-1-1
  • 10 reports from the DAC
  • Downed trees
    • Saws and Slaws not going to get involved at this time
      • Not familiar with burnt trees
    • Linda has a reference for burned trees
      • Julie to contact
    • Kathy (Team Rubicon) has skilled sawyers that deal with burnt trees
      • Regional leadership is putting together an operation proposal
      • For now, assuming they can take lead in chainsaw work
        • Still a proposal, no hard dates

 

Volunteer work on cleanup

  • LDS Charities deploying volunteers on Saturdays, July 23rd and July 30
    • Fitting in where needed, responding to crisis cleanup work orders
    • Will avoid chainsaw work
    • Debris is usually left on property
      • Mary Eldred will investigate County resources for material disposal
      • http://www.bouldercounty.org/safety/fire/pages/firecleanup.aspx
    • Crisis cleanup
      • Don’t claim work orders weeks in advance
      • Days in advance and then contacting the home owners
        • Can unclaim the work if it is not completed in one day
      • Some homes may have multiple needs per work order, and unskilled volunteers can do the simple tasks and then unclaim for Team Rubicon to take over for skilled work
July 22, 2016 / by / in
State Level Support for Cold Springs Fire

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) notified this afternoon by Boulder Office of Emergency Management (OEM) of several wildfires within the county. The Cold Springs Fire is currently active and being supported by DHSEM and the State EOC.

State EOC Activated
The State Emergency Operations Center is activated at a Level III in support of the Cold Springs Fire and to monitor wildfires statewide. A Level III Activation means the State EOC is currently staffed using available DHSEM personnel. However, other state agencies may be requested to activate as needed. The State Resource Mobilization Plan has been activated to assist in the allocation, mobilization and deployment of resources during a disaster or large incident.

Information Sources
Boulder OEM Website: www.BoulderOEM.com
Bouder OEM Webpage for Emergency Alerts: http://www.boulderoem.com/emergency-status/
Boulder OEM on Twitter: @BoulderOEM or https://twitter.com/BoulderOEM (Use the website link if you do not have a Twitter account)
Boulder OEM on Facebook: Boulder Office of Emergency Management or https://www.facebook.com/BoulderOEM/

Follow hashtag #ColdSpringsFire

Evacuation Sites for Cold Springs Fire (Nederland)

Nederland High School, 597 Eldora Road, Nederland, Colo.
Gilpin County Fairgrounds, 230 Norton Dr, Black Hawk, Colo. 80422
Gilpin Recreation Center, 250 Norton Dr, Black Hawk, Colo. 80422

Animal Shelter

Arapaho Ranch (1250 Eldora Rd.) can take some and the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont is open to receive animals as well. 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, Colo.

July 10, 2016 / by / in
July 10th Weather Forecast

SUNDAY

From the National Weather Service:
An increasing southwest flow aloft will bring windy conditions to the higher terrain today. This, combined with hot temperatures and low relative humidities will increase the fire danger over the higher terrain and along the Front Range.

MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

Dry and warm conditions will prevail through Wednesday. Heightened fire weather concerns will continue on Monday with gusty winds to 35 MPH in the mountains and 25 MPH on the plains combined with low relative humidity values. Temperatures will cool slightly for Monday with highs in the upper 80s.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be dry and warm, back into the low 90s. A cold front Wednesday night will increase moisture over the region, bringing a slight chance of afternoon convection on the plains by Thursday afternoon and evening along with slightly cooler temperatures. Friday and Saturday will have a slight chance of afternoon storms with
temperatures reaching back into the mid 90s.

July 10, 2016 / by / in
Fire Ban: Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

Details about the Fire Ban in unincorporated Boulder County…

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED THAT:

1. A Fire Ban in effect and open burning and the sale and use of fireworks is prohibited in ALL of unincorporated Boulder County.

2. This order also excludes any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue, police or firefighting agency in the performance of an official duty.

3. Because sparks and hot ashes from any source contribute to the fire danger, the discharge of all fireworks including permissible fireworks, as defined in C.R.S. §12-28-101(8), as amended, outside incorporated city limits and within the unincorporated areas of Boulder County described in paragraph 1, is prohibited. In addition smoking outside incorporated city limits is strongly discouraged except within an enclosed motor vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

4. This Fire Ban including a ban on open burning and the sale and discharge of fireworks in Boulder County shall be in effect beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016, and shall remain in effect unless amended or rescinded by the Boulder County Sheriff or the Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County.

5. Any person who violates this Fire Ban commits a class 2 petty offense and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500) for a first offense, seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) for a second offense, and one thousand dollars ($1000) for a third and any subsequent offense. The penalty assessment procedure provided in Section 16-2-201, C.R.S. shall be followed by the arresting Sheriff’s Deputy or other officer for any violation of these Level 1 Fire Restrictions, and the graduated fine schedule set forth herein shall be followed when issuing any summons and complaint in accordance with such procedure.

ADOPTED this 9th day of July, 2016

BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF

Joseph K. Pelle, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

July 10, 2016 / by / in
White House and FEMA Seek Colorado Faith Partners

The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships & FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division are seeking local houses of worship in Colorado to participate in a series of disaster drills & exercises. No cost on the congregation’s part and up to them to decide on the hazard/threat they’re most interested in. 

 

Should you know a large congregation that may have interest, please have them reach out to Daniel Nyquist, FEMA Region VIII’s Community Preparedness Officer at Daniel.Nyquist@fema.dhs.gov for more information.

 

April 18, 2016 / by / in