Helpful Resource Documents
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.”
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.
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.
Watch a video of Colorado Springs fire fighters defending a home during the Black Forest fire.
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.