Gauges the County's level of preparedness against man-made, natural, and pandemic type hazards.
Demonstrates the County's commitment to preparing for emergency situations.
High - Arapahoe County is the sole author and contributor to each emergency plan.
The Emergency Preparedness measure is in its second year. Baseline data from 2017 through 2021 established appropriate targets. Performance is measured for man-made, natural, and pandemic-related hazards in 3 ways: (1) planning, (2) resources, and (3) execution. Performance improved for across all three measures during 2022.
Some examples, while not exhaustive, of how performance improved are outlined below:
- The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners and every fire department in Arapahoe County.
- EOC management software was budgeted for and approved with anticipated use beginning in July 2023.
- Identified the need for and began acquisition of bomb suit replacements and 2 additional bomb suits.
- Identified the need for and began acquisition of bomb squad robots, including large platform model.
- Finalized training/certification of 4 new dual purpose K9s (3 apprehension/drug, 1 apprehension/EOD).
- Consolidated Pandemic preparedness supplies with newly formed Arapahoe County Public Health Department.
- Finalized the design and purchase of a new firefighting skid to update an existing Type 6 Wildland Fire Engine.
Outstanding items to be worked on in 2023 include consolidation of emergency management services with the City of Littleton, the modernization of the firefighting apparatus and a comprehensive Emergency Operations Center (EOC) management software system, and development of local Public Health Pandemic Plans, among other items.