Friday, July 1, 2011

Wildfire in Colorado

Wildfires are a constant threat in the summer in Colorado.  Right now, the Maxwell Fire is burning close to town, although it is fairly well contained.   Last fall we were not so lucky and lost over 160 homes in the Fourmile Fire.  The learning curve for a community responding to a disaster of that magnitude is steep, and collaboration with national organiziations like FEMA and the Red Cross is essential.  Response goes beyond the immediate issues of evacuation, containment, shelter and services to the homeless.  Now we are dealing with insurance issues, rebuilding, and the potential for flooding in the burn area.  Natural disaster, preparation and response will be the focus of the TIPS Spring Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina on May 17, 2012. 

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