Colorado project is a roadmap for state-specific hazard planning
The town of Larkspur, Colorado—located less than 40 miles from the Waldo Canyon Fire site and in view of the Black Forest Fire burn scar—was recently troubled to learn that it didn’t have a wildfire protection plan.
The project—which was funded through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Resilience Planning grant— also includes regular presentations, workshops, and trainings to help users implement the strategies outlined in the guide. Since its rollout in 2016, more than 1,500 people have attended.
“They realized that just having the information out there wasn’t enough,” said Andrew Rumbach, an urban and regional planning professor at the University of Colorado Denver who worked extensively on the project. “The big goal is to get communities to proactively plan for hazards, and to do what it takes to get them there.”
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