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know how to use twitter? All you have to do is visit
www.twitter.com/jeffcosheriffco . Click on the link and you will see all recent
updates. You do not have to create an account to see the tweets.
Are your children having a difficult time
dealing with the wildfires and the traumatic events surrounding the
current situation in their lives? Do you need assistance dealing with
the stress that occurs during disasters? This is a normal part of the
recovery process involving wildfires and disasters.
Use these resources to help those involved with the Lower North Fork Fire:
A PIO will present a citizen briefing at W. Jefferson Middle School at approximately 9:00 AM.
the fire was relatively stable. Fire crews made progress through the
night in protecting structures. Today’s strategy is to gain containment
around the fire while continuing to protect structures.
fire behavior is expected to be similar to yesterday but with slightly
higher winds. The winds could result in more robust fire activity. The
fire will also most likely become more intense as the temperature rises
throughout the day. The fire has continued to exhibit a tendency to
start spot fires in a wide area.
Our Incident Management Team
Liaison Officer will be working with representatives from Century Link
and Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) to evaluate current
damages and to begin formulating a plan to restore services to affected
The fire will be actively engaged from the air today. The
air support resources available today include two Heavy P2V Tankers and
one SEAT plane dropping fire retardant and four helicopters conducting
water drops. These aircraft will be supported by additional command and
observation planes. Additional resources are being ordered.
weather forecast for today show winds becoming increasingly southwest
with speeds in the 8-14 MPH range with gusts up to 20 MPH specifically
around the higher ridges. Humidity is expected to drop relatively low by
mid afternoon to around 10% or less.
The new command post
location, at Conifer High School, is up and running. The Red Cross
continues to host the evacuation shelter located at West Jefferson
Middle School. A PIO will present a citizen briefing at W. Jefferson
Middle School at approximately 9:00 AM.
The Jefferson County
Sheriff’s Office will continue to man road blocks around the fire
perimeter. At this time we are not allowing anyone back into the
evacuated regions. We ask that you continue to avoid to area around the
fire in order to allow for quick and safe traffic for emergency
Anyone needing assistance with large animal evacuation should contact the Jefferson County Sheriff Office at 303-277-0211.
The large animal evacuation point is the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Contact Information for Emergencies or Assistance
Remember that if you need assistance as a result of this incident please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff Office by calling 9-1-1 for emergencies or 303-277-0211 for other assistance. Please do not send requests for assistance through Twitter.
Incident Updates Updates are being posted by @Jeffcosheriffco on Twitter using hashtag #LowerNorthForkFire. Updates can also be found on the Jeffco Sheriff Blog at http://jeffcosheriff1.blogspot.com/
Lower North Fork Fire in Jefferson County: Follow #LowerNorthForkFire or @jeffcosheriffco on Twitter for updates on the fire.
Saw Mill Fire in Jefferson County: Follow #SawmillFire @jeffcosheriffco on Twitter for updates on the fire.
Storm Mountain area in Larimer County: Follow @NEEmergency on Twitter.
There are several other small wildland and grass fires that we are tracking in Custer County near Wetmore, Morgan County, Logan County, and Weld County.
Follow @COEmergency on Twitter for updates.
Extreme fire conditions extend throughout much of Colorado. Contact your local county for specific information regarding the conditions in your area. See the Local Information tab for each county's contact information.
Below is information received from GayLene Rossieter, Acting Fire Information Officer, Colorado State Forest Service.
p.m., March 19)
Location/County: South of Highway 34 between towns of
Eckley and Yuma in Yuma County
StartDate: Sunday, March 18,
approximately 1:15 p.m.
Cause: Under investigation, but potentially due
to a downed power line from high winds
24,000 acres of half grass/crop fields on private lands
Containment: 100 percent
evacuation order for the town of Eckley was lifted late last night; the
approximate 200-square mile evacuated area around the fire was lifted
Highway 34 reopened from
the town of Eckley to County Road L
Date: Three firefighters
StructuresLost/Damaged: Two homes destroyed;
other structure damages still to be determined
at Risk: Number of
livestock lost currently undetermined
Events: High winds and
thick smoke mixed with dirt decreased during the night, helping firefighter
contain the fire. Today, fire crews and deputies drove through the burn area to
manage hot spots and flare-ups. The Civil Air Patrol surveyed the extent of the
fire’s damage earlier today.
Resources: Primarily local emergency response agencies, including
nine volunteer fire departments and four other volunteer fire departments on
standby. Regional agencies from northeast Colorado and western Kansas also
assisted to control the fire.
Source: Yuma County
The fire situation rating for the Rocky Mountain Area
remains at Preparedness Level 1, indicating that there is minimal large
fire activity nationally. Most Geographic Areas have low to moderate fire
danger. There is little or no commitment of national
This afternoon will be partly sunny in the area of the
Heartstrong Fire with a high near 58 and northwest winds between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low near 30. Blustery north winds between 5
and 10 mph may increase to 15 and 20 mph with gusts possible as high as 30
The Question: What do floodplain managers and emergency
managers have in common?
too much of it, and the responsibility to keep the community safe from its
is beneficial for floodplain managers and emergency managers to know,
understand, and support each other.
Flood prone areas have been identified in 267
of 270 cities and towns and in all of the 64 counties in Colorado. Between 20
and 30 large magnitude floods (in terms of peak discharge) occur somewhere in
Colorado every year. In fact, 40 percent of Colorado’s presidentially declared
disasters and emergencies stem from flood-related events. Too often, floods negatively
impact people, property, infrastructure and critical facilities, economic and
cultural assets, and the natural environment.
coordination between floodplain managers and emergency managers will strengthen
the community’s preparation, response, and resilience to flooding, as many of
their responsibilities run parallel with one another. Regular communication and
a better understanding of each other’s roles may improve the sharing of
information and insight, create of efficiencies, and reduce the amount of
unnecessary overlap in activities. Collaboration between these professions will result in
partnerships and increase the whole community’s ability to manage a flood event.
Wide Area Search Course Information
There are still open seats available for the Wide Area Search Training being coordinated by the Southeast Region Office of Homeland Security. Participants will learn practical search methods and skills in order to perform systematic searches over a large affected area. View the Wide Area Search course flyer for more information on course topics and certifications.
Course Dates: May 4-6, 2012
Course Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Course Location: Industrial Park North, 29400 Highway 287, Springfield, CO
and the State of Colorado provide several grant programs to support state and
local flood mitigation efforts.
Assistance (FMA)program provides FEMA
funds to assist States and communities implement measures that reduce or
eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes,
and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
These funds support both flood mitigation planning and projects to implement measures to reduce flood losses, such as elevation,
acquisition, or relocation of NFIP-insured structures.
is a FEMA program to assist States and communities reduce flood damages to
insured properties that have had one or more claims to the National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP).RFC
provides funds to reduce the risk of flood damage to individual properties
insured under the NFIP that have had one or more claim payments for flood
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (SHMP) is sponsored by the Colorado Division of
Emergency Management in support of a variety of mitigation projects, including
floods. This program may provide support for flood related mitigation
activities such as hydrological studies, benefit-cost analysis, and planning. For
more information about this program or to make a request for financial
assistance, please contact Scott Baldwin at 303-852-6696.
Assistance Grants for Flood Response from
the Colorado Water Conservation Board may provide a limited amount of funds to
assist local governments with flood assessment, feasibility, design and
planning needs. These funds are intended to assist local governments who are
expected to provide a significant cost share toward final products. With
limited exceptions, these funds are not to be used to help fund construction. These
funds are awarded to requesting local governments on a case-by-case basis,
based on the amount of funds available in any particular year and the amount of
money requested. Not all requests will be funded, but consideration will be given
to all requests. For more information about this program or to make a request
for financial assistance, please contact Kevin Houck at 303-866-3441 x3219.
additional information, please feel free to contact CDEM Mitigation Team staff:
Brink, Mitigation Team Supervisor (Denver Metro), Colorado Division of
Emergency Management, 720-852-6695, firstname.lastname@example.org
MGT-335 Event Security Planning for Rural Agencies
There are still open seats for this free training course in Montrose. The course is designed to help provide better security planning for the many events that require police services and security. The course is scheduled for April 10 - 11, 2012.
Attend this free workshop on May 15 to hear from an incredible line up of presenters/panel members from Joplin, Missouri, North Dakota and Colorado. Registration is being conducted through www.co.train.org with Course ID# 1031889. Details regarding the workshop are included in the course flyer.
Seating is limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Developed for the
Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), the
Colorado Flood Decision Support System provides a one-stop shop for floodplain
and emergency managers for snowpack, streamflow, flood maps, and other related
data to allow them to estimate risk and near future conditions up to and above
a NWS flood warning and alert.
Flood DSS is a web based GIS mapping application that displays a variety of
flood-related data, including: historic flooding, critical facilities,
community flood insurance information, wildfire risk, and FEMA flood hazard
layers. In addition to the regulatory and hazard information, a real-time data
component was included, which is useful for assessing current and near-future
conditions. The real time data consists of precipitation radar, streamflow
conditions, air temperature, gauge measured precipitation, NWS and NOAA radar
estimated precipitation products, flood warnings, U.S.D.A.’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) SNOTEL
data (SNOwpack TELemetry), and the Snow Data Assimilation System (SNODAS)
modeled spatial snowpack data. CWCB and HDR’s seasonal Flood Threat Bulletin
products are also available in spatial and text format from May to September.
Features within the application allow users to find locations by address,
provide distance measuring tools, and the ability to identify features for more
Future phases may include
incorporating more data layers and possibly even a mobile application for smart
phones. Customer feedback and suggestions are welcomed for future phases of the
CWCB FloodDSS and can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Management Planning for State Tribal and Local Officials Date: April 10 – 12, 2012
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
course provides an overview of issues and recommended actions necessary to plan
for, respond to, and recover from a major debris generating event with emphasis
on State, Tribal, and local responsibilities. Developed from a pre-disaster
planning perspective, the course includes debris staff organizations,
compliance with laws and regulations, contracting procedures, debris management
site selection, volume reduction methods, recycling, special debris situations,
and supplementary assistance.
Where: PFA Training Center, 3400 W. Vine Drive, Ft. Collins
Local Hazard Mitigation Plans and the Community Rating System
The CDEM Mitigation Team has developed a crossover guide to help community floodplain managers and other hazard mitigation professionals receive Community Rating System (CRS) planning credit through FEMA’s multi‐hazard mitigation planning process.
A community’s FEMA approved multi-hazard mitigation plan may receive CRS points if it was prepared in accordance with the process explained in the NFIP CRS Coordinator’s Manual or FEMA’s Local Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance. The crossover guide provides assistance on how steps for mitigation planning intersect with the steps required for CRS floodplain management planning. CRS planning credit may come from submitting an existing FEMA approved multi-hazard mitigation plan or by following the mitigation planning process and paying special attention to the related CRS steps.
Both the CRS manual and local mitigation planning guidance are being revised for 2012. Proposed changes to the CRS Coordinator’s Manual may be found at CRS2012.org, while the Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide contains the latest updates for mitigation planning. The crossover guide will be revised to reflect these changes once both are finalized.
As it currently stands, for every 500 CRS points a community earns, NFIP flood insurance premiums are adjusted downward to reflect the greater amount of planning completed to reduce the impact of flood hazards on the community. Some communities may reach their next 500-point threshold by earning points available for CRS planning credit.
CDEM expresses gratitude to the FEMA Region VIII Mitigation Section’s community planners and the Insurance Services Office (ISO) for their contributions and support in developing this tool.
Please feel free to contact Ken Brink, Mitigation Team Supervisor, with questions or comments at email@example.com or 720-852-6695.
It’s flood safety awareness week (http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/). This week, learn how floods occur,
some of the hazards associated with floods, and what actions to take to
protect life and property when floods threaten or occur. Be part of a
Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural hazards. Some floods develop slowly, but flash floods can happen in just minutes.
Floodprone areas have been identified in 267 cities and towns and in all of the 64 counties in Colorado. Over 250,000 people are living in Colorado’s floodplains. There are estimated to be 65,000 homes and 15,000 commercial, industrial, and business structures in identified floodplains. There are likely many more structures located within unmapped flood hazard areas. The value of the property, structures, and contents located in the identified floodplains is estimated to be over 11 billion dollars (1996).
Cumulative flood losses for the most damaging floods in Colorado between the turn of the century and 1993 include 331 people killed and $3.3 billion (1995 dollars) worth of property damage.
What you should know:
Know your neighborhood flood history
Consider purchasing flood insurance
Stay alert for changing weather conditions
Get out of areas subject to flooding like low spots, canyons, and areas downstream from dams
Do not attempt to cross water that is above your knees
Do not drive over a flooded road
Abandon a stalled vehicle and immediately move to higher ground
Even 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock you off your feet, and a depth of two feet will float your car!
NEVER try to walk, swim, or drive through such swift water. If you come upon flood waters, STOP! TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY.
The CWCB performs many tasks relevant to flood preparedness and response throughout the state, this website provides flood information pertinent to the citizens of Colorado. Each day the CWCB posts the state’s Flood Threat Bulletin detailing the current flood risk throughout the State, the CWCB is the State Coordinating Agency for the National Flood Insurance Program, and provides leadership and coordination of federal, state, and local resources through the Colorado Flood Task Force.
This site is an informative resource for state and local
officials and citizens looking for information on the National Flood Insurance
Program. Information posted on this
website is especially useful to those responsible for helping a community
recover from a disaster such as insurance professionals, lenders, claims
adjusters and surveyors.
FEMA’s official flood preparedness website includes
information on what to do before, during, and after flooding occurs as well as
links on how to determine if your home is eligible for flood insurance. This site also recommends what items need to
be included in a flood ready kit, how to develop a plan in the event your
community is affected by a flood event, and information on how to get involved
assisting communities recovering from a disaster.
Please visit the COEmergency website to download both PDF and Excel formats of the EOC Position Specific Task Books. As a result of feedback received at the Colorado Emergency Management Conference this week we are releasing the Excel version of the task books so that it will be easier to modify the task books for each county or agency.