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 newly developed, with 2021 being the first reporting year. However, data has been collected for the years 2017 through 2021 to establish a baseline and set an appropriate target. Performance is measured for man-made, natural, and pandemic-related hazards in 3 ways: (1) planning, (2) resources, and (3) execution. Performance improved for both planning and execution from 2020 to 2021, while performance remained the same for resources from 2020 to 2021.
Some examples, while not exhaustive, of how performance improved are outlined below:
- Related to natural disasters, the snowcat was upgraded to one with more rescue capacity and a greater top speed
- The 2021 Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners and County Planning Commission as a reference plan to the comprehensive plan
- The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) was adopted by the Planning Commission by reference
- CWPP is being expanded to include the whole county, not just eastern plains
- The second bearcat was approved to support response to human caused threats
Outstanding items to be worked on in 2022 include the modernization of the firefighting apparatus and a comprehensive Emergency Operations Center (EOC) management software system, among other items.