‘Denver, CO’ Headline Archives

CCAHRA Coordinated Assistance for CO Fires and Floods of ’13

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Denver, CO

The Colorado Cultural and Historic Resources Alliance (CCAHRA) coordinated assistance for cultural and historic resources at the state Emergency Operations Center during Colorado’s fires and floods in 2013. The group heralds a number of successes. When a museum suddenly found itself in a mandatory evacuation zone during the Black Forest Fire, CCAHRA arranged a police escort for museum staff into the evacuation zone so that a unique and significant collection could be evacuated. During the South Fork Fire Complex, CCAHRA identified a number of historic buildings at risk, mapped those structures, and transmitted that information to the Incident Command Post, which then included minimizing suppression impacts to cultural, historic, and natural resources in its incident objectives.

During the floods, CCAHRA identified two sites on the National Register of Historic Places that were at risk. After discovering these buildings were affected, CCAHRA was able to facilitate assistance that included locating an engineer with historic-structures experience to help stabilize the structures to avoid further damage.

August 2010: Follow-up survey to 2009 Denver kick-off forum

Posted on: September 28th, 2010 by Jessica Unger | AFR, Denver, CO

In August 2010, a survey was created and sent to the 85 participants of the Denver Alliance for Response Forum held at the Denver Public Library on September 25, 2009. The AFR Denver Advisory Committee sent the survey to attendees and their organizations in order to discover what has happened since the forum. The results, reported here, have been shared with all attendees and advisory committee members to help in planning next steps.

In conclusion, there is much more to do, but it appears as though the Forum had a strong and positive impact in the community. Since the Forum there have been two WESTPAS workshops in Colorado and both have been well attended. The partnerships that are in their infancy will need additional coordinated nurturing and it will be up to the Advisory Committee to come up with some creative ways to continue raising the profile of disaster planning and response in the Denver metro area. Disasters like the Four Mile canyon fire in the Boulder area over Labor Day weekend offer compelling, immediate opportunities to raise awareness and may be useful in spurring institutions to action—with the right promotion.

 

Follow-up survey to 2009 kick-off forum

Posted on: August 30th, 2010 by Jessica Unger | Denver, CO

In August 2010, a survey was created and sent to the 85 participants of the Denver Alliance for Response Forum held at the Denver Public Library on September 25, 2009. The AFR Denver Advisory Committee sent the survey to attendees and their organizations in order to discover what has happened since the forum. The results, reported here, have been shared with all attendees and advisory committee members to help in planning next steps.

In conclusion, there is much more to do, but it appears as though the Forum had a strong and positive impact in the community. Since the Forum there have been two WESTPAS workshops in Colorado and both have been well attended. The partnerships that are in their infancy will need additional coordinated nurturing and it will be up to the Advisory Committee to come up with some creative ways to continue raising the profile of disaster planning and response in the Denver metro area. Disasters like the Four Mile canyon fire in the Boulder area over Labor Day weekend offer compelling, immediate opportunities to raise awareness and may be useful in spurring institutions to action—with the right promotion.