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Planning for Regional Resilience in Colorado

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During the 2017 National Regional Transportation Conference, Rob Pressly shared Colorado's approach to resilience and why resilience is important for communities and regions.

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Planning for Regional Resilience in Colorado

  1. 1. Planning for Regional Resilience Rob Pressly, Resiliency Program Coordinator Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office June 28, 2017
  2. 2. Resiliency: The ability of communities to rebound, positively adapt to, or thrive amidst changing conditions or challenges – including disasters and changes in climate – and maintain quality of life, healthy growth, durable systems and conservation of resources for present and future generations. –Colorado Resiliency Working Group What is Resiliency?
  3. 3. How is Resiliency Different? Shocks Vulnerabilities Stresses Risks
  4. 4. Why Resiliency? • Resiliency takes a holistic approach towards protecting and improving a community • Integrated approach leads to better planning and decision- making
  5. 5. Why Resiliency? Population Current and Projected – Statewide and Select Counties Jurisdiction 2010 Census Estimated 2013 Estimated 2020 Estimated 2040 State of Colorado 5,029,196 5,264,890 5,924,692 7,752,887 City and County of Denver 604,879 648,978 734,079 867,545 Boulder County 294,567 309,874 335,076 396,163 Larimer County 299,630 315,728 356,900 471,612 El Paso County 622,263 655,812 728,610 955,871 Eagle County 52,057 52,360 57,226 94,085 San Miguel County 7,356 8,063 9,408 15,523 *Source: Colorado Department of Local Affairs Demography Office
  6. 6. Disaster Communities Impacted Disaster Impacts 1965 Floods Colorado Front Range (South Platte and Arkansas basins) 21 lives lost; $540M damages (1965 dollars); resulted in construction of Chatfield and Bear Creek reservoirs Big Thompson Flood (1976) Primarily Larimer County between Estes Park and Loveland 8 inches of rain in a one hour period;145 lives lost; 418 houses destroyed. 2002 Drought and Wildfires Statewide. Major fires included Hayman, Coal Seam, Missionary Ridge and others Hayman fire burned 137k acres; Missionary Ridge 70k acres 2012-2013 Wildfires Statewide; large fires in Larimer, El Paso, Fremont counties and the San Luis Valley More than 1100 homes destroyed, $1.2B in insurance claims 2013 Floods 24 counties impacted 10 lives lost; 1800 homes destroyed, $3.9B in damages Why Resiliency
  7. 7. Colorado Resiliency & Recovery Office
  8. 8. Resiliency: The ability of communities to rebound, positively adapt to, or thrive amidst changing conditions or challenges – including disasters and changes in climate – and maintain quality of life, healthy growth, durable systems and conservation of resources for present and future generations. –Colorado Resiliency Working Group The Colorado Resiliency Framework
  9. 9. Integrated and Interdisciplinary
  10. 10. Priorities for State Action
  11. 11. Priorities for Community Action • Build capacity and empower a culture of resilience • Leverage data to manage risk • Integrate resilience into capital investments
  12. 12. Community Action: Building Capacity Colorado Resiliency Resource Center available at www.coresiliency.com
  13. 13. Community Actions: Resiliency Frameworks By planning for resiliency now, communities throughout Colorado will experience less damage and fewer losses from shocks and stresses such as a devastating flood, deep economic recession, or terrorism attack; they will be prepared to bounce back, and build back strong.
  14. 14. Community Actions: Plan Integration • Hazard Mitigation Plans • Comprehensive Plans • Capital Improvement Plans
  15. 15. Tools for Community Actions www.coloradohazardmapping.com www.planningforhazards.com https://www.coloradowildfirerisk.com/
  16. 16. Rob Pressly Resiliency Program Coordinator Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office rob.pressly@state.co.us ColoradoUnited.com @COunited Thank you!

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