The natural beauty of Douglas County is what draws many of us here. As we value all that this community has to offer, there is also a shared responsibility to keep it safe.

Bad weather like snow and thunderstorms, forest fires and floods can have a significant impact on our families and communities. Together, we updated our plan to reduce the county’s vulnerability to natural hazards. FEMA officially approved that plan – the Local Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan – this month.

The plan has been carefully researched and carefully drafted over the past 18 months. In addition to the data, the plan was also based largely on your input through online opinion polls, social media surveys, a local planning committee, five town halls, and two public workshops. In total, more than 200 citizens participated. Douglas County has also partnered with the Town of Castle Pines, Town of Castle Rock, Town of Larkspur, Town of Lone Tree, Town of Parker, Centennial Water and Sanitation, Denver Water and Parker Water and Sanitation. .

According to the US Department of Homeland Security, risk mitigation planning – such as the recently completed Local Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan – and implementation of risk reduction activities can significantly reduce the physical, financial and emotional losses caused by disasters. Additionally, the completion of this plan ensures that Douglas County is eligible for federal funding for natural disasters.

“We thank everyone who was involved in updating this plan,” said Tim Johnson, director of the Douglas County Emergency Management Office. “We are committed to implementing this plan so that we can help reduce the vulnerability of our community to natural hazards and thereby reduce or eliminate long-term risks to people and property. “

View the full plan online.

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