Jefferson County Emergency Preparedness Guide

This emergency preparedness guide is designed to provide practical information on how you and your family can prepare for most disasters that could occur in our community. It includes up-to-date, hazard-specific safety tips and information about preparedness, mitigation, and prevention. We all have a personal responsibility to be ready for emergencies. By utilizing the information found in this guide you can take the first steps to ensure you and your family are ready should the unexpected happen.

Ready, Set, Go

This publication from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and other agencies, is focused on how to prepare for and respond in the event of a wildfire.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan for the Genesee Fire Protection District

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a strategic plan that identifies specific wildland fire hazards and risks facing communities and neighborhoods, and provides prioritized mitigation recommendations that are designed to reduce those hazards and risks. The CWPP for the Genesee Fire Protection District (which includes, but is not limited to Genesee Foundation) was completed in 2009 and provides the scientific justification for wildfire risk reduction activities undertaken by the Genesee Foundation Board and staff. GFSC is currently considering whether to recommend that the CWPP be updated.

Creating Defensible Space Around Your Home 

Defensible space is the natural and landscaped area around a home or other structure that has been modified to reduce fire hazard. Defensible space gives your home a fighting chance against an approaching wildfire not only because it reduces the likelihood of a home ignition, but also because it creates an environment in which firefighters can more safely defend your home.  Defensible space is sometimes a requirement for getting or maintaining homeowner’s insurance in Genesee. This document, from the Colorado State Forest Service, provides specific guidelines and rationale for creating defensible space. 

Lessons Learned from COlorado Wildfires

In June 2012 there were two large fires in the Colorado Springs area, the Waldo Canyon fire and the Black Forest fire. Both fires occurred in communities like Genesee that were built in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). As in Genesee, the Colorado Springs fire department had undertaken an extensive public education program to teach residents how to maximize the chances that their home could be saved in the event of a wildfire. Fire Adapted Communities Mitigation Assessment Team Findings: Lessons Learned from the Waldo Canyon Fire assesses the influence of a number of factors on wildfire risk including construction materials, windows, routine property maintenance and mitigation efforts.


Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health Task Force Report

This 2013 report was commissioned by Colorado’s governor following the devastating fires of 2012 to “identify and reach agreement on ways to encourage activities, practices and policies that would reduce the risk of loss in the wildland-urban interface areas, and provide greater customer choice and knowledge of insurance options.”