The mission of the Resilience Initiative is to coordinate a process of individual, business, neighborhood, community and countywide resilience that integrates action across Boulder County in ways which increase the effectiveness of our existing collective capacity of all sectors, respects the unique character of each town and city and leverages additional resources, participation and leadership. The initiative is now officially housed within the organization BoCo Strong and more information can be found at www.BoCoStrong.org.
Resiliency includes, among many things, making sure that our community is prepared to face future disasters. There is a wealth of information housed on the Emergency Preparedness webpage.
Also find information about strengthening connections with the Community Resiliency Quilt project which brought community members together after the 2013 Flood.
Following the 2013 Flood, a wide variety of Boulder County residents and organizations collaborated to form the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group of Boulder County (LTFRG). In addition to identifying and addressing individual unmet needs, the LTFRG learned from other communities hard hit by disaster the importance of engaging all parts of the community about rebuilding stronger and better, including all-hazard mitigation, cultural landmarks, economic development, nonprofits, parks, and other public infrastructure. Thus, the idea of resiliency and the organization BoCo Strong was born.
BoCo Strong believes a critical piece of building resilience is convening conversations about our strengths, gaps, and opportunities. The group wants to help build connections among individuals, neighborhoods, communities, and sectors that will foster natural and opportunistic partnerships and strategies for resilience. BoCo Strong regards community resilience as the capability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses (e.g., natural disasters, economic shifts, demographic changes, etc.) through survival, adaptability, evolution, and growth.
A Message from the Boulder County Commissioners
We have been using this word “resiliency” when talking about recovery from this disaster. Rebuilding with resiliency means protecting your home or business so that it can better handle the next incident, and for some, this means not rebuilding at all, at least not in the same location.
There is a sense from some of our neighbors that they alone are taking the risk to return home. But their risk is the community’s risk. It is a risk to our first responders who help rescue people and to private property and public infrastructure downstream who will receive the debris from construction in the floodplain. Local governments such as Boulder County have a responsibility to regulate development in the floodplain or else we may jeopardize the ability for everyone in our jurisdiction to obtain flood insurance.
Boulder County is taking a thoughtful and cautious approach to rebuilding. We need to understand the long-term implications of decisions we make today and how they will impact and inform the outcome of the next disaster.
The county is working diligently to assess the future hazards and make informed decisions that will provide the base for further activities in recovery. People’s lives have been turned upside-down by this event. Boulder County is working with the community to balance the need to rebuild with the need to plan wisely for the next natural disaster.