Resilient St. Vrain
Resilience has become a popular term recently, and definitions for the term vary. However, the concept incorporates the recognition that disasters or other impactful events--such as the September 2013 flooding in Longmont--can happen, along with community reaction to those events and preparation for future ones. The ability to react to and incorporate ways to more easily bounce back from the next time something bad happens is a critical component of resilience.
Flood Preparedness & Safety
Preparation for a future event, such as 100-year flood flows through Longmont, can include preparing and protecting people, property and the environment, as well as creating plans that can be implemented at the first sign of a disaster event.
Learn about why work on Resilient St. Vrain is being built to 100-year flood flow levels.
The City of Longmont offers some tips for for how to stay alert and prepared on our Flood Preparedness & Safety page.
FEMA Region VIII, which covers Colorado, offers recommendations for preparing for threats from flooding.
Flood insurance can be an important component of your preparedness plan. FEMA offers this guide to purchasing and maintaining flood insurance.
Many organizations offer information on resilience. Visit these external links to learn more.
BoCo Strong was created with the purpose of building a culture of resilience throughout Boulder County. It formed in the wake of the 2013 flood. Its network strives to be inclusive and work all across the county for continued resilience, not just after a disaster.
St. Vrain Creek Coalition
St. Vrain Creek Coalition works to implement to the St. Vrain Creek Master Plan and pursue recovery from flood impacts, resiliency to natural hazards, and protection of the watershed.
Boulder County Collaborative
The City of Longmont is the lead agency for the Boulder County Collaborative, a group of local municipal and county governments that formed in response to the 2013 floods to decide together where to strategically direct federal CDBG disaster recovery funds to best address the greatest and most pressing housing and infrastructure needs. The Collaborative created the Resilient Design Performance Standard for Infrastructure and Dependent Facilities to guide the design and implementation of recovery projects in the region. This standard leverages every capital project as an opportunity to incrementally move Boulder County toward a more resilient future.
Colorado United is the official State of Colorado website for resiliency and recovery information and resources.
- The Colorado Resiliency & Recovery Collaborative is a statewide group of communities, counties and partners working to share lessons learned from recent floods and fires and to find ways to improve disaster response and preparedness throughout the state.
- Longmont's Spring Creek Apartments are highlighted beginning on page 21 of the Colorado Resiliency Framework 2016 Annual Plan.
- The online map book, 2013 Colorado Flood Recovery: Three Years of Progress, provides a statewide look at damage and recovery from the flood.
Community & Regional Resilience Institute
The goal of the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) is to strengthen any community or region’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and rapidly recover from significant human caused or natural disaster with minimal downtime for the community. Read CARRI's report on Community Resilience.